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Schools for Africa

What are ‘Schools for Africa’?

Attending school, socialising with your peers, laughing, playing and being joyful together with growing up in a safe environment filled with love and understanding are both the needs and the rights of children throughout the world. Yet the data show that 38 million children in Africa do not have a school, a schoolroom or a notebook.

Schools for Africa is a common initiative of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Hamburg Society for the Promotion of Democracy and International Law. It began in Cape Town in 2005. Twenty-seven developed countries around world committed to collect aid for thirteen African countries: more than 200 million USD has been collected so far.

"Thanks to the UNICEF supported programme ‘Schools for Africa’ more than 30 million children have gained access to a school education and therefore a chance for a safer future!"

Many schools were built and the existing schools reconstructed. The children were given access to clean drinking water and sanitary rooms. Playgrounds were built and schoolrooms equipped with the necessary didactic material, chairs and desks.

Early education centres were established for the youngest children and those children who dropped out of school or were forced to work were given access to alternative education.

‘Schools for Africa’ in Croatia

Each year a large number of kindergartens and primary and secondary schools join the programme: as many as 230 schools and 100 kindergartens from all over Croatia were engaged in the programme in the school year 2015/2016 . So far, they have raised more than 4 million Kuna for the education of African boys and girls.

Results for Burkina Faso in 2015

150 schools became ‘Child-friendly schools’

9 Centers for Early education (called Bisongos) equipped  

138 000 children (66 thousand of which are girls ) received support and materials in schools and education centers 

70 000 djece (36 thousand of which are girls ) included in preschool programs

8 000 refugee children from Mali gained access to school and preschool 

1200 children with dissabilities enrolled in schools

Books for librarires and sports equipment for  50 schools

UNICEF supported education after primary school for 10 000 girls

What can the funds raised provide?

95 HRK

books and notebooks for two pupils for 1 school year

190 HRK

school desk and chairs for two pupils

500 HRK

schooling of two pupils for 1 school year (books, notebooks, uniforms, materials, teaching costs)

700 HRK

"School-in-a-box" – metal box with necessary materials for regular school activities for up to 80 pupils

16 800 HRK

Equipment for one facility for preschool education

25 000 HRK

Construction of one facility for alternative primary school education of children out of regular school

Costs listed above are estimates and can differ depending the specific needs of a child, conditions in the specific territory, size of the required facility and costs of services.

Child-Friendly Schools

UNICEF aims to provide quality education for all children, raise the percentage of successful school completion, diminish gender and geographic differences, protect children from hard physical labour and enable them to acquire skills that will help ensure a better future for them and their families.

The introduction of child-friendly schools (UNICEF’s quality school model) is a response to these challenges. Child-friendly schools are inclusive, gender sensitive and provide education material and adequate school equipment.

These schools also have playgrounds, school canteens, access to clean drinking water and separate sanitary rooms for boys and girls. The teachers are competent and use supportive learning methods. Parents, community members and local government representatives are also engaged in effective school management.

Learn more!

How to enroll?

Send us your request for application by

  • e-mail to skole_za_afriku@unicef.hr
  • post to Ured UNICEF-a za Hrvatsku Radnička cesta 41/7, 10000 Zagreb
  • or fax +385 (0)1 2442 662




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Updated: 25 May 2016
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