Who We Are
Inspired by the Mandela's dream
Guided by Nelson Mandela’s vision that education can transform lives and help advance society, Schools for Africa was founded in 2004 by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Hamburg Society (now the Peter Krämer Stiftung) and UNICEF. The critical campaign promotes quality education for all across 13 African countries.
To date, Schools for Africa has helped more than 30 million children achieve the dream of an education. It supports the work of UNICEF to build and furnish schools, train teachers, facilitate school access to disadvantaged children especially girls and marginalized children, provide access to clean water and supply students with school materials.
See Schools for Africa through the years
Schools for Africa through the years
In December 2004 UNICEF, Peter Krämer Stiftung and Nelson Mandela Foundation publicly announce the global launch of the Schools for Africa campaign.
The campaign is launched in Germany, Italy, Canada and Switzerland.
Close to US$11 million is raised to support quality education in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
In Sweden UNICEF launches school initiatives in support of Schools for Africa.
The same campaign starts in Ireland.
The campaign is launched in nine other countries including USA, UK and Korea.
Over five million children in Africa have access to improved teaching and a better learning environment.
Gucci becomes a donor for Schools for Africa.
The organisations behind the Schools for Africa initiative, UNICEF, Peter Krämer Stiftung and Nelson Mandela Foundation sign an agreement to renew their commitment.
IKEA Foundation becomes a key supporter of the initiative. Since then, the Foundation has contributed a total of US$37.7 million.
Twenty six countries, including Korea, Japan USA and several Gulf states raise funds for Schools for Africa.
Five additional African countries are now supported by the campaign – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mali and Niger.
Serena Williams, global tennis champion and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, becomes a supporter of the Schools for Africa campaign. The campaign raises a record annual amount of over US$30 million.
Over 9.3 million children benefit from increased access to quality education, improved physical and learning environments, enhanced teaching and learning processes, and strengthened national policies for child-friendly schools.
Partners of the Schools for Africa initiative agree to extend it to 2017, adding two new beneficiary countries - Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. Over 7.5 million children benefit from the campaign.
Schools for Africa initiative starts to provide support for children in two more African countries – Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone.
Schools for Africa celebrates its 10th anniversary. More than 30 million children have benefited from the initiative since 2005.