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Mara- Out- of -School Programme

Millions of children across Africa experience consistent threats to get education. One major challenge is of children who remain out-of-school. The Children’s Rights and Development Programme defines out-of-school children as children between the ages of 7-13 that do not have access to primary schools in their communities, do not enrol despite the availability of a primary school or enrol but do not attend or drop out.

The Trust is part of a global movement that seeks to ensure that all children can access quality education. The success of the programme requires advocacy work to influence public sector policies and programmes as well as the active involvement of families, civil societies and the private sector. The programme strives to ensure that out-of-school-children are identified, enrolled and retained, progress optimally and achieve their full potential through quality formal and non-formal education.

To contribute to the attainment of the Education SDG 4 on Education Goals, The Trust is mobilising and supporting civil society networks in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Apart from this, good practice models for knowledge base in education have been developed, such as, Mara Out-of-school Children project in the Mara region of Tanzania. The Trust also promotes global and regional policy integration and harmonisation in the education sector on initiatives that support the scaling up of good practice and sharing of lessons.

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Educate a child and the Mara alliance

The Mara Region was declared a priority area for the development of a unified intervention to address the needs of out of school children. Our Founder challenged the Mara community to form an alliance to undertake a more coordinated approach to tackle education challenges and child marriage in the region. Following intense preparation between the Trust, the Mara Alliance, local partners joined hands to start of the Out of School Children (OOSC) Project in partnership with Educate A Child (EAC) to enrol and retain 20,000 children in the region back into the country’s education system over a two-year period.

Mobilising and Supporting Civil Society Networks Advocacy

Understanding that effective and relevant education requires a multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral approach, with the collaboration of governments, the Trust supports civil society networks to conduct advocacy, with a special focus in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.


High-level Advocacy with UNICEF Civil Society Networks

As part of a joint project entitled, “Realisation of Rights of the African Child: advancing a holistic through advocacy, policy and practice”, the Trust supports UNICEF country offices and CSO networks on education in our four focus countries.

We undertake high-level and public advocacy to promote the development and implementation of education policies.

The Trust also provides support to locally based civil society networks to enable them to access decision makers to enhance their advocacy efforts.

The Mara Out-of-School Children Programme - Tanzania

In the Mara Region of Tanzania, the Trust, in partnership with Educate A Child, the Mara Alliance and the Mara Regional Government, is implementing a Complementary Basic Education (COBET), an accelerated education programme aimed at reaching at least 20,000 out-of-school children through a multi-dimensional response to education, which includes competencies in literacy, numeracy life skills and income generation.