Our vision is to change the future for children and communities living in poverty through education.

Education changes everything

Education is the driver for sustainable change and So They Can believe that empowering communities through a quality education is the key to breaking the poverty cycle.

To provide quality education to children living in poverty through improved learning conditions, teacher training, child development, and women’s empowerment through inclusive partnerships with the community and governments.

Reduces poverty

If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.

Source: UNESCO

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Improves health

A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.

50% more likely to be immunized, and twice as likely to attend school.

Source: The Learning Generation, p. 99

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Promotes gender equality

One additional school year can increase a woman’s earning by 10% to 20%.

Source: World Bank, returns to investment by
education (2002)

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If all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty. This is equal to a 12% cut in global poverty.

A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of five.

50% more likely to be immunized, and twice as likely to attend school.

One additional school year can increase a woman’s earning by 10% to 20%.

By 2030, our goal is to change the future for 36,000 children in Africa who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty.

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By 2030, our goal is to change the future for 36,000 children in Africa who, through no fault of their own, are living in poverty.

Our Vision By 2030 So They Can’s vision is to empower:
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2,100 Teachers graduated or mentored and delivering quality education who have impacted the lives of…

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36,000 students empowered with skills and confidence to live their best life being educated at...

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70 Schools supported by So They Can.

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make a difference.

Lives Changed

We work to help change people’s lives. Here are some of those stories...

Mentorship Camps guide students towards academic and personal success

For many children living in poverty, they are the first in their family to go to secondary school. Without a role model at home to ask for advice,…

230 newly qualified teachers graduate from Mamire Teachers’ College

April was marked with celebration at Mamire Teachers’ College. 230 newly qualified teachers formally received their teaching qualifications, during the College’s annual graduation ceremony, presided over by the…

The power of partnership closes the gap on schools’ critical infrastructure needs 

In Tanzania, universal access to education is supported by the national Government with fee-free primary and secondary education. However, the funding that schools receive, directly from the Government,…