Since 1997 CASTELLAN have been providing for the education of hundreds of children. There are many success stories; one girl, sponsored in 1998, is about to graduate from medical school. We have students in higher education and student nurses and teachers.
High unemployment means that many stay in their village but they have been educated and can help their own children. An education gives them confidence, and expands horizons. It is their only hope of escaping the poverty trap.
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- Learning to read and write is a fundamental right. Yet, 38 % of African adults (some 153 millions) are illiterate, two-thirds of these are women.
- Africa is the only continent where more than half of parents are not able to help their children with homework due to illiteracy.
- Adult literacy rates are below 50% in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Ethiopia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.
- Only 1 % of national education budget of most African governments is earmarked to address the issue of literacy.
- The situation is alarming as literacy is a crucial step to acquire the basic skills needed to cope with the many challenges children, youth and adults will face throughout their lives.
- For many disadvantaged young people and adults, non-formal education is one of the main routes to learning. Non-formal education reaches people in their own context and ideally in their own local language
UNESCO stats. 2012
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