How We’re Empowering Girls in Africa to Succeed in Life and Work

“It’s so difficult in my district to find employment. I had no qualifications beyond my high school certificate and no prospect of getting any either. When I heard about the Learner Guide ProgramI jumped at the chance.”

— Zuhura, Participant in the Camfed Learner Guide Program

Since 2013, Pearson has partnered with international NGO Camfed on a project supported by the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and the relevant national Ministries of Education to help girls from low-income communities in Zimbabwe and Tanzania stay in school, learn, and develop key skills for life and work.

Young women can train to become mentors, or “Learner Guides” through our partnership with Camfed. As Learner Guides, they teach a curriculum called “My Better World” to vulnerable children in rural schools. We co-created the My Better World life skills curriculum with students to ensure it is relevant, gender-sensitive, and effective at improving students’ future employability prospects.

946 Learner Guides in Zimbabwe and 91 Learner Guides in Ghana were awarded their BTEC qualifications in 2017.

129,142 secondary school children were reached by Learner Guides with weekly sessions in 2017.

60,744 vulnerable girls enrolled in secondary school since 2013.

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Photo credit: Eliza Powell/Camfed

Eliza Powell/Camfed
Zuhura, Participant in the Camfed Learner Guide Program