Illiteracy and lack of educational opportunities remain major barriers to the development of African countries. Despite the progress achieved in increasing the overall literacy rate since 1990, 37 percent of sub-Saharan African adults cannot read or write as of 2011. We believe that promoting literacy and education for African children and youth will help to ensure a promising future for development in Africa.
Education is also a key step to sustaining democracies, improving health, increasing per capita income, and conserving environmental resources. Recognizing the importance of basic education, Bread and Water for Africa® supports our partners’ efforts in Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, and Zambia to provide education and vocational training for African men, women, and children.
In FY 2013 Bread and Water for Africa® provided $36,000 in cash grants and $51,608 in donated items including books, school supplies, school furniture, computers and other educational materials.