This April, we will embark on on an epic 30 day run, walk, cycle, swim, skate or hop round Africa towards our virtual 30,000km to hand over the baton to our partners in Kenya and Tanzania, and raise £30,000 towards educating children and young people in Kenya and Tanzania!
Our Learning and Skills for Life programme is focused on breaking down barriers that prevent disadvantaged children and young people from accessing, completing and fully engaging in their education and training. This has the impact of improving future employment prospects and helping people lift themselves out of poverty.
While primary education in Kenya is free, secondary education requires the payment of attendance fees. The economic burden for school fees and learning materials results in only a quarter of Kenyan children completing their secondary education. Crucially, disadvantaged girls are most at risk of dropping out of school early.
By supporting access to education, from primary through to tertiary and university, for 20 years, The Mango Tree has played an essential role in ensuring the region’s most vulnerable children are able to fulfil their right to education. When we remove the barriers to education, the retention and performance rates for disadvantaged children are drastically improved, and their prospects are much brighter. Our holistic approach enhances school experiences through a range of extra provision and support that helps children build a broader, stronger, and more sustainable foundation for learning and is essential for disadvantaged children, especially girls, to remain in school.
Please help us to continue breaking down the barriers that prevent many young people, living in the rural areas of Africa, from thriving in education and training.
The funds in our Miles for Mango virtual challenge will be used towards educational fees, careers support, equipment, and work experience opportunities for those most at risk of being left behind.