Fifty-four countries make up the continent of Africa. It is the second largest of all continents with a population of more than 1.3 billion people, i.e. 16.4% of the world's population and the African continent is huge……
Africa has the youngest population of all continents with the median age of 19.7 years, with the global median age of 30.4 years (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa).
Millions and millions of African children will never set foot in a classroom and millions more will never go beyond the standard of primary/middle school.
The problem of Africa is that there are also problems; too many crises; too many disasters… to identify a few… widespread poverty, hunger, illiteracy, malaria, AIDS, education, contaminated drinking water, lack of hospitals, chronic unemployment, rural anaemic electrification, tribalism,
Build African Schools activities and investments in Africa are 100% focused on the one single key activity that will help more effectively contribute to resolve these many problems…. and that focus is on….. Education.
The ultimate goal of education is to equip children with the numeracy skills, literacy and broader skills they need to realize their potential……
and that their countries must generate jobs, innovation and economic growth.
African cities, communities and villages, with access to schools and trained teachers, will have the greatest impact on solving Africa's future.
So far, we visit more than 6,000 students every day at the 18 secondary schools and two primary schools/high schools we have built.
Build African Schools has set up its own construction cooperative in Nairobi, Kenya. The construction cooperative is entirely owned by African professionals.
Building a school typically takes 60 days and costs $78,000.
Build African Schools has produced a number of short videos that show different aspects of African community life. These videos are used for fundraising in the US and Europe.
Only 6% of children in sub-Saharan Africa enroll in some form of tertiary education, compared to a child in an OECD country* who has an 80% chance. (UNESCO) (*Organisation for economic cooperation and development)
Countries such as Burundi and Ethiopia are expected to have received universal primary education by the year 2100. Other countries such as South Africa will achieve this by 2030; Kenya by 2065; Tanzania by 2080 and Uganda by 2090. (UNESCO)