Schools for Africa

  • P Project/Program

A Active

Key Information

Schools for Africa became the Society's first official international project in 2010. Since that time, members have donated approximately $445,134.90 since the inception of the partnership with UNICEF USA. Currently the project works with 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa including 21 countries: Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The SFA mission involves providing access to quality basic education for children, focusing on girls, orphans and other vulnerable youngsters.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Afghanistan, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania

Government Affiliation



2010 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

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Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Early childhood development
  • Remote Learning


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School facilities
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Food/water security
  • Gender equality
  • HIV and STIs
  • Nutrition
  • Sports

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys (both in school and out of school), Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

  • Lower primary
  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary
  • Upper secondary

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • N/A

Program Approaches Back to Top


  • Increased availability of learning materials

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms
  • Construction/improvement of schools

Health and childcare services

  • Adolescent-friendly health services
  • HIV prevention


  • Hiring more teachers (both men and women)
  • Pre-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Women's empowerment programs

  • Leadership training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased grade attainment
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved nutrition
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)
  • Reduced STI/HIV/AIDS

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)