World Education Day

School girls from Rising Academies walking

World Education Day is an opportunity to reflect on the fact that many parents in sub-Saharan Africa can’t afford to send their children to school. Even worse, families in the region who can afford to send their kids to school often find that their kids aren’t learning.

Only 20 percent of children and young adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa who attend school are mastering the basics. That’s 133 million kids going to school without getting the education they need or deserve. And girls suffer the most. In Sierra Leone and Liberia, only one in twenty girls who complete sixth grade can read a simple sentence.

FINCA has long worked to make sure that parents have the money to send their children to school. We’re now working with partners like Rising Academies to improve the quality of education.

Putting Education in World Education Day

Working mostly in West Africa, Rising Academies develops and refines curriculum tailored to engage the children they serve. They measure classroom outcomes to identify what’s working and what’s not. And they make sure that teachers are well-training and consistently coached.

Across 700 schools with 250,000 students, Rising Academies is seeing amazing results. A 2020 report from the Center for Global Development and UC Davis praised Rising Academies for producing “a consistently positive pattern of results across learning, access, and safety dimensions.” An earlier report estimated gains from Rising Academy students to be worth between 1.3 and 1.8 additional years of schooling. We’re proud to be helping Rising Academies touch even more students’ lives.

This year on World Education Day, join FINCA in celebrating the progress that we’re making. Thanks to community of supporters, together we are investing in sustainable solutions that will help us erase Africa’s learning deficit and take us a step closer to eradicating poverty once and for all.