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WHY NSEF PROJECT?

Poor education and lack of community support and resilience to 'un-natural' impact are helping to prevent faster economic growth and hindering individuals from Guinea-Bissau to lift themselves out of extreme poverty, and to be prepared in an event of unexpected and undesirable change.

Studies show that approximately 49% of the population lives in extreme poverty with less than $1.25 US dollars per day. Low literacy rate around 44% and high rate of school leaving due to economic, social and cultural reasons. Therefore lack of skills is significant and is thought to be one of the key limitations for growth in the country. Currently residents of Guinea-Bissau (mainly female and youth) are facing multiple and complex barriers in education, health, nutrition and in economic growth.

NSEF exists as an organisation providing and enabling solutions to progress education and combat economic disadvantage of Bissau Guinean Community and the sub-Saharan African region.

Countryside houses in Guinea-Bissau.

A family outside capital city, Bissau.

Typical primary in the rural areas.

The year 2015 marked the occasion of Guinea-Bissau's 42nd anniversary of its independence. According to United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), in terms of development in 2013 the country occupied the 176th position in a total of 183 countries , and growth was less than 1%.

The levels of education are very low, and studies in 2006 shown that only 46% of students finished primary school and only 17% of those managed to finish secondary school. With an economy based primarily on agriculture and fisheries, and a population of around 1.7 million, Guinea-Bissau had an average GDP per Capita of US$616 (low income level) in 2014, and a low life expectancy of around 55 years.

Apart from poverty, the country suffers from gender inequality. According to the UN gender inequality index in 2015, the country was ranked 178th out of 188 countries. Only about 41% of women are able to read and write in a basic form when compared to nearly 70% of men.

These numbers are worse in the countryside and the conditions for the people from these areas are disproportionately worse across a range of outcomes.