Africa Education Partnership has a growing online presence through our website www.africaep.org, our Africa Education Partnership Facebook page and Instagram. We are pleased that this online presence is spreading awareness of the needs of education in Africa to a wider audience. We believe that education is the key to the future of Africa's 53 different countries, each with its own set of challenges.
Common to each of Africa’s countries, especially those in sub-Saharan africa, is poverty, gender inequality, and ethnic and religious diversity. At times those differences can and often do lead to instability and even conflict. We believe that educational opportunities for all, regardless of gender, ethnic or religious affiliation, will diminish these differences.
The founding principles of our work
Girls deserve an equal opportunity to gain an education as do boys. For example the student enrollment at our first project, Graceland International School, is just over 50% girls. This is unusual in a region where education of girls is not a high priority in many families. This is usually a question of economics. In a region of Nigeria that is relatively poor, girls often have to work to supplement the family income. Another cultural issue is pressure to arrange early marriages for girls.
2. Education for peace and reconciliation
Northern Nigeria, home of our first project Graceland International School, is often plagued by communal violence between the Muslim majority and the minority Christian population. Graceland International School is established on the principle of non- discrimination based on religion or ethnic differences. Our belief is that educating young people in a positive, affirming environment will break down the barriers of mistrust and suspicion.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his/her skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela.
3. Raising the necessary funds.
In order to keep building more schools based these principles, we ask you to consider making a donation to this vital work. Donations large or small are welcome. Since we are charitable 501C(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible.
4. Further ways to help us.
Every gift is deeply appreciated by the students in our schools.