SALT uk is supporting and encouraging education projects in various situations.
Because of the variety of circumstances in which our partners are working and different socioeconomic factors, we recognise that ‘one size’ doesn’t fit all. Our partners are working in a number of situations that have required different approaches to the overriding problem of the lack of, or very poor educational provision for large numbers of children and young people.
Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world. Despite the apparent truth of this statement, a very common problem in many parts of Africa is that the education systems don’t function well and teachers themselves aren’t equipped sufficiently to bring about the ideal. Very often, teachers are also having to use a curriculum which requires them to teach in a language that is not their first to pupils who are in the same situation. This compounds the issues.
Sub-Saharan Africa is home to over half of the world’s out-of-school children and Mandela’s call for education seems even more pertinent. One in five primary school age children in sub-Saharan Africa have never been to school or have left before completing their primary education. Some 30 million children do not go to school and of those, 16 million are girls.
Apparently Nelson Mandela was the first person in his family who went to school. How different things would have been if he hadn’t had the opportunity to do so! Yet far too many people are going to live their lives not receiving what so many of us in the rest of the world take for granted.
By supporting and serving our partners, SALT’s desire is to enable an education for some children and young people who otherwise would not receive it.