A better world for women and girls is a better world for everyone. And it all starts with education.

25 Years of Empowering Girls and Young Women


From a small social enterprise founded in 1993 to support 32 girls in Zimbabwe to go to school, CAMFED has grown into a movement which, 25 years later, has educated 2.6 million children, and launched young women across five countries into entrepreneurship and leadership roles.

The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed.org) has been educating and empowering girls and young women to become leaders of change for 25 years.

£10 or 15 € can provide a girl with essential supplies

£30 or 35 € can pay for the uniform a girl needs

£180 or 210 € can keep a girl in high school for a year

28 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa are out of school. Poverty is the greatest barrier to accessing an education.

Education changes everything. An educated girl will be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25% more income and have a smaller, healthier family. All of Camfed’s programs begin with an individual girl in rural Africa. We look at the world from her perspective, and work with communities to dismantle the barriers to her education, and to a life of independence and leadership through the Camfed alumnae -CAMA - network.

Over the past 25 years, the Campaign for Female Education has supported more than 1.9 million girls through school and improved the learning environment for 4 million children. Our community driven model is implemented at nearly 5,500 partner schools in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Camfed envisions a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued, and grows up to turn the tide of poverty.

As the most effective strategy to tackle poverty and inequality, Camfed multiplies educational opportunities for girls and empowers young women to become leaders of change. Our focus is on girls and young women in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. This is where girls face acute disadvantage and where their empowerment will have a transformative impact.