“Education is the single best investment in prosperous, healthy and equitable societies.”

– UN Food & Agriculture Organization

No country has ever achieved rapid and continuous economic growth without at least a 40% literacy rate. In sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 4 children does not attend school; of those who attend, 1 in 3 will drop out before completing primary school. Worldwide, 69 million children are not in school; of those, 60% are girls. A single year of primary school increases a boy’s future earning potential by five to 15% and a girl’s even more. A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five. Education and food security are directly connected: doubling primary school attendance among impoverished rural children can cut food insecurity by up to 25%.
Jane Nabwire tends goats  provided by UCOBAC, Bugiri District, Uganda. © CFTC 2011.

Children learning the alphabet together in a RAINS-supported village, Sang, Ghana © CFTC 2013

African child at school

Child reading in a CHADET sponsored school, Woliso, Ethiopia © CFTC 2012

CFTC’s objective is to improve access to education at four levels:

Early childhood care & education: care and stimulation for children in the critical first six years of life. Primary education: attendance and graduation from primary grades to improve later earning potential and food security. Agricultural training: increasing adults’ ability to produce, purchase and consume healthy food. Capacity building: supporting community-led advocacy for education, especially for girls, and educational policy-making at the local, regional and country levels.

Why Education Matters

Education provides a direct path towards food security and out of poverty.

Increased economic and community development – Education is the single-most important driver of economic empowerment for individuals and countries. Food security benefits – Educated parents are able to earn an income, produce more food through agricultural initiatives, and feed their children. Children who complete primary education are more likely to achieve food security as adults and end the cycle of poverty in their generation. Improved social, cognitive and health outcomes– Stimulation in the critical first six years has the longest-lasting effects on children’s health and the fulfillment of human potential. Education increases people’s confidence, enabling them to become self-sufficient, fully contributing members of their communities. Gender equity – Girls and women who achieve higher levels of education are greater contributors to overall economic development and to children’s welfare within communities. Achieving educational equity for girls – including educating communities on the value of girls’ education – is an essential factor in sustainable poverty alleviation.

CFTC’s Education Programs

Greater access, better infrastructure, teacher recruitment & training plus income generating education for adults.

How You Can Support Education

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