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Visualisation of the Developmental Goals

Millions of children across Africa experience consistent threats to attaining their education.  One of the major challenges is the issue of children that remain out-of-school. The Children’s Rights Programme defines out-of-school children as children between the ages of 7-13 that do not have access to a primary school in their community, do not enrol despite the availability of a primary school or enrol but do not attend primary school or drop out of the primary education system. This definition also extends to children that are between 13-17 years of age and have never been to primary school or have dropped out of primary school.

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 both advocacy work to influence public sector policies and programmes as well as the active involvement of families, civil society and the private sector. The programme strives to ensure that those that are out of school are identified, enrolled and retained, progress optimally and achieve their full potential through quality formal and non-formal education. In addition, the programme also works to facilitate the provision of infrastructure, nutrition, curriculum support and social welfare services.

Our work in education contributes to the following sustainable development goals (SDGs):

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all

Education Summit Oslo - Girls education panel



According to a UNICEF study carried out in 2015, approximately 60,000 children are classified as being out of school in the Mara region of Tanzania. Motivated by this staggering report, the Trust partnered with the government of the Mara Region, Mara Alliance and the Qatar based, Educate a Child programme to make sure that 20,000 out of school children aged 7-17 years are supported to go to school.


Objective 1: To build the capacity of school governing bodies to identify and reintegrate 20,000 OOSC in primary school in the Mara Region

Objective 2: To build the capacity of teachers, school heads, ward, district and regional level government staff to deliver quality primary education in the Mara Region

Objective 3: To mobilise an alliance of government, public sector, no-governmental organisations and community based organisations and families to support 20,000 OOSC and their families in primary school in the Mara Region

In order to achieve these objectives, the programme proceeded to identify out of school children aged between 7-17 years old and collect detailed information about them and their families. This research enables the programme to design the appropriate support needed to fight barriers that keep children out of school. The research also extended to collecting detailed information about each school. This was done so that the programme can develop appropriate implementation plans and support the government of Mara region and its partners, school committees, the Mara Alliance and the Graça Machel Trust to improve the school environment and remove barriers to schooling that are found in the school.

The programme also relies on a strong referral and support system formed by the government, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, community leaders, and school committees to support children, their families and schools. The referrals indicate where there is a need for nutritional support, health promotion, water and sanitation, safety and protection, social welfare services, psychosocial support, material support, curriculum support, leadership and structures, community involvement, infrastructure or teacher development and support.