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Since 2005, Schools for Africa has raised more than US$225 million dollars for education, including over 20 million in 2015.
Over 30 million children have benefited directly or directly for these activities since the launch of the campaign .
See the 2015 Annual report of Schools for Africa
Children with early learning opportunities stay longer in school, perform better than their peers and have better results.
Yet, globally the enrolment in pre-primary education is only 48%, and even less than 17% in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Developing community-based early learning opportunities and scaling-up successful approaches is the main focus of UNICEF in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.
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In the past years, primary education enrollment increased, but in many countries the education system struggles to provide the needed quality.
For that reason, the Child-Friendly-School approach, ensuring safe, healthy and protective learning environment in the best interest of the child, has been piloted and scaled-up in all countries.
Especially in Ethiopia, Madagascar and Zimbabwe, the approach has been mainstreamed into comprehensive programmes, supporting school-based planning, management and monitoring, and providing direct financial support to schools.
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UNICEF is focusing its effort on keeping the most disadvantaged children in school, bringing in those who are not enrolled and providing alternative education to over-aged children.
Special programmes are designed to target vulnerable groups like girls, who are still counting 11 million (54 per cent) of the 21 million out-of-school children in the region, and children with disabilities, who face social and cultural stigma and discrimination.
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Education in emergencies
Humanitarian crises now account for half of the world’s out-of-school children. It is estimated that 0.5 to 1.5 billion children around the world are subjected to some form of violence and that more than 1 billion children live in areas affected by conflict and violence. Education can help mitigate conflicts and build resilience in individuals, communities and societies.
The Ebola outbreak, armed conflicts and droughts made access to education more difficult in several African countries in 2014. Innovative approaches such as providing teaching trough radio helped thousands of children to children to continue education.
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