Continued existence of “Schools for Africa” secured for four more years
In October 2018, the CEO of the Peter Krämer Foundation, Christian Krämer, and the Founding Director, Tilo Braune, traveled to Kenya to sign another contract with UNICEF International for the fourth period of the highly successful “Schools for Africa” project. On the UN campus in Nairobi, Leila Pakkala, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, evaluated the success of the initiative, which has set up more than 2,400 schools in our project countries since 2004. In total, over $ 300 million, of which 67 million from Germany, went to schools. It became clear that “Schools for Africa” should be regarded as one of the most successful privately funded projects in the field of education worldwide and should be continued. With the signing of the fourth Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which has been in existence since its inception, the continuation of the initiative was secured for four more years. Additional to this the partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation from Johannesburg will continue.
There are now 21 countries in Africa involved:
West and Central Africa:
Tchad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau
Eastern and Southern Africa:
Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia
Other countries involved:
Ethiopia, Botswana, Burundi, Lesotho, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland Tanzania, and Uganda.
What is important for the upcoming phase is the quality of education, pre-school education, children with disabilities and the transition, especially of girls (currently only about 20%), into Secondary schools. Our common goal is to raise $ 150 million in donations for upcoming projects over the next few years.
Subsequently, “Schools for Africa” projects in the Turkana region in northern Kenya with the emphasis on education of nomads and handicapped children were visited. In the north of Mozambique, in the vicinity of the city of Tètè, we were able to get to know parental projects in rural areas, which would strengthen the attachment and responsibility of parents at and for schools.