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ACCORDING TO THE UNITED NATIONS' HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2014, GUINEA-BISSAU IS IN THE "LOW DEVELOPMENT CATEGORY.

POVERTY AND COMMUNITY DISADVANTAGE

Currently the Guinea-Bissau community in Africa and across the world are facing multiple and complex barriers including in education/skills, health, nutrition, risks to the environment, gender and in economic growth.

Low Levels
of Education

63% of students finished primary school and only 22% of those managed to finish secondary (2015).

Fragile
Ecosystems

Little environmental awareness and low literacy rate around 50% and high rate of school leaving.

Low Life
Expectancy

Mainly due to poverty, the average life expectancy of 56 years is very low compared to the worldwide average of 71 years.

Gender
Inequality

70% of men who are able to read and write in a basic form is high compared to 41% of women.

OUR WORK ON INFRASTRUCTURES AND PROGRAMMES

For the next five years (2018-2022) our work will be focused on developing educational infrastructures and programmes for social change mainly in the poor and deprived areas.

NSEF self-sufficient infrastructural approach for Countryside

We plan to develop new 4,000 sqm, 10,000 sqm and 20,000 sqm socio-environmental and educational facilities in the countryside of Guinea-Bissau with the aim of encouraging women and young people in the rural communities' actions on social entrepreneurship and sustainable development education issues and quality food production.

Our Active Hub Project and National Skill Engineering Eco-school in Guinea-Bissau will focus on Human Development, Energy, Water, Food & Environment and Health & Well-being.

With the Foundation's environmentally-sensitive infrastructural design, the new buildings will be an expression of the NSEF’s mission to understand and protect the natural world.

Building programme: Farm buildings or facilities, classrooms, training rooms, teacher rooms, offices, reception area, meeting rooms, libraries, indoor and outdoor activity areas.

Number of Students: 2500/3000.

Number of Agribusinesses: 250.

Number of Farmers: 150.

Sustainability features: Maximum locally sourced materials, passive design strategies, zero net energy design, renewable energy systems, and water conservation measures.

NSEF themes to help unlock potentials

The problem of human development is significant in Guinea-Bissau, and consequently the Guinea-Bissau communities globally suffer higher levels of poverty, lack of education and inequality. Also, although the Human Development Index (HDI) is disproportionally worse in the countryside and among women, the country HDI does not reflect the real city-countryside inequalities in terms of opportunities, poverty and structural difference.

For our strategic plan period 2018-2022, we aim at developing new educational and social programmes to support Guinea-Bissau communities in the UK, Portugal and back in Africa in education, farming, agribusiness, entrepreneurship, deprived countryside communities and therefore improving people’s skills, health and well-being, and helping individuals to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.

Quality education

Rural communities in Guinea-Bissau are the lowest-income areas of the country. There are not many services to employ people and therefore the majority of them are farmers. Adults have limited opportunities to improve their skills and more than 80% of children fail to complete higher education, because of poverty. NSEF is committed to ensuring that all students in the communities where it operates have the opportunity to receive a high-quality education with quality infrastructures, tools and programmes.

Food production

Lack of food and nutrition play a critical role in the quality of life of families living in the countryside. NSEF is focus on developing an educational farm park to support the community in quality food production and promoting women in rural areas into leadership training, agribusiness, and access to finance, tools and improved seeds and fertiliser.

Renewable energy

Equipped facilities are required for NSEF's research on renewable energy systems with solar panels and turbine system generators which are key components of work in the UK and Guinea-Bissau. NSEF works to improve the current construction of houses in the countryside and how to apply renewable energy systems to their appliances and NSEF's work in this area will reduce deforestation which is a direct consequence of demand for wood used for cooking and heating in Guinea-Bissau.

Community health

NSEF will be developing programmes for community pharmacies to advise and offer a wide range of high quality health services for the benefit of low-income families and of deprived rural communities who cannot easily access other kinds of health service.

Social & Environmental

NSEF will be developing programmes to support initiatives involved with social and environmental causes in Guinea-Bissau.