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...

Strengthening Tanzanian school communities through our Shamba Letu project

Educational outcomes in the Manyara Region in Tanzania are some of the lowest in the country. The primary Net Enrolment Rate (NER) is 82.4% (significantly below the national…

International celebrities rally behind So They Can’s 2022 Global Dinner

Neil Finn, KIMBRA, Thomasin McKenzie and Peta Mathias rally behind So They Can’s virtual dinner party on a mission to break the poverty and hunger cycle in East…

Establishing climate-smart schools in East Africa

So They Can is establishing climate-smart schools in East Africa that empower climate-resilient communities. Preventing the forced migration of marginalised communities due to climate change, ensures the continued delivery…