Learning from success: Supporting girls and sustainable development

In sub-Saharan Africa, 33.3 million girls of primary and lower secondary school age are out of school. This number rises to 52.2 million when taking into account girls of upper secondary school age¹. Education is a universal right. It is also a matter of justice.

We believe that every child is entitled to a quality education in a safe environment and a life as an independent adult.

Education is not freely available to everyone - and in many parts of the world girls are the first to be excluded from it. Girls are the first to drop out of school, and the first to be failed by the system, facing the perils of early marriage, early pregnancy, and abuse. Without the choice to write their own futures, their endless potential is wasted.

Jack Nelson Portfolio Manager, from the Sustainable Funds Group speaks with Dr Emily Zemke, Director of Development at Camfed International and Fiona Mavhinga who is the Founding Member and Executive Advisor, CAMFED Association. Fiona was born into poverty in rural Zimbabwe, and with CAMFED’s support is now a qualified lawyer.

They explore the social and environmental benefits that come from focusing on girls and their education. They also discuss how CAMFED measures the impact it is having in sub-Sahara Africa and some of the challenges that come with impact measurement.

You can watch our full discussion with Dr Emily Zemke and Fiona Mavhinga below or choose selected highlights around key topics:

The multiplier effect
 

With:
Fiona Mavhinga - CAMFED
Emily Zemke - CAMFED
Jack Nelson - Stewart Investors

Duration: 00:03:51

Education changes everything

With:
Fiona Mavhinga - CAMFED
Emily Zemke - CAMFED
Jack Nelson - Stewart Investors

Duration: 00:03:24

Full video