WE BELIEVE THAT QUALITY EDUCATION AND SKILLS TRAINING ARE KEY INVESTMENTS TO HELP BRINGING PROSPERITY TO THE DISADVANTAGED GUINEA-BISSAU COMMUNITIES.
EDUCATION AND SKILLS TRAINING
The problem of education in Guinea-Bissau is significant - the primary school-aged population is growing at a rate of 1.4% per year. However it remains mainly rural and poor according to the 2012 UNESCO report entitled Education for All (EFA) - Global Status - Guinea-Bissau Profile.
This report shows that 62% of Bissau Guinean finished primary school in 2010 and this was a good number when compared to 26% in 2000. However the country is still facing challenges such as a lack of proper facilities for teaching, excessively low teacher pay and very low public expenditure devoted to education.
Consequently, the youth population are heavily impacted by poverty (80% of the poor are between the ages of 15 and 35 years) due to lack of education. Guinea-Bissau with an estimated population of 1.7 million people, according to UN, the country has an active working population about 51.4% of which the majority (52.2%) is youth (15 to 35 years old).
Our focus is aimed at, but not limited to, improving teaching quality, school infrastructures and training facilities in the rural areas and small towns of Guinea-Bissau. We support Bissau Guinean young people on their journey to become successful in whatever role they take on in both their professional and personal lives, with special attention to the young girls.