Empowering African Nations Since 1981



IFESH volunteer educator, student teachers and primary schools students.

Education Program

Research shows that while sub-Saharan Africa has made substantive progress in reaching the Education for All goals and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals for Education (particularly in increased primary enrollment rates), the region still lags behind all other regions of the world in reaching these goals. For example, although sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 19% of the world's primary school aged population in 2006, it had 47% of the world's out-of-school children. Persistent and systemic problems contribute to the lack of quality learning opportunities available to African children.

Our Education Program goal is to achieve Universal Primary Education by providing quality teacher education and training. Our vision is for each and every primary school aged child to have access to a quality learning environment that will be sustained for future generations. Since 1992, we have assigned more than 1,100 volunteer educators to serve in 15 countries directly impacting more than 500,000 African teachers, who in turn, have impacted the lives of millions of students. We currently operate education projects in 12 sub-Saharan African countries and they are implemented by volunteers, particularly from the U.S.

We assist African nations in strengthening their educational systems by:

• Recruiting and assigning volunteer educators to serve for one or more academic years
• Training pre- and in-service teachers
• Continuing professional development of in-service teachers
• Strengthening local communities' education policy and management
• Providing technical assistance to nongovernmental organizations and community based organizations
• Incorporating cross-cutting themes into education curriculums, including HIV/AIDS and strengthening the rights of vulnerable populations (particularly women and children)
• Establishing teacher resource centers
• Donating books and educational supplies
• Building and rehabilitating schools

Projects
International Educators for Africa (IEFA)
American Educators for Africa (AEFA)
Capacity Building in Teacher Education Project (CBTEP)
Empowering Cocoa Households with Opportunities and Educational Solutions (ECHOES)
International Fellows Project (IFP)
Mars Partnership Project for Cocoa Communities of Today and Tomorrow (iMPACT)
Support for Technical Education in Guinea (STEG)
Community Teachers for Ghana (CTG)
Support of sub-Saharan Africa (SOS)
Schools for Africa