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Our vision is to change the future for children 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.

Our mission is to provide quality education to children living in poverty through improved learning conditions, teacher training and development, and inclusive partnerships with the community and in-country 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

Tanzanian students in collaborative So They Can schools
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 360,000 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 360,000 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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360,000 students empowered with skills and confidence to live their best life being educated at...

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60 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...

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International Day of the African Child 2019

June 16 was this year’s International Day of the African Child. So They Can, along with 258 students and 26 teachers from our partner schools in Tanzania, celebrated…

Tanzanian students prepare for national exams

In June, So They Can took 25 top students from our partner schools in Babati District to the city of Moshi for practice examinations. This is part of…

University of Wollongong (UOW) team visits our Tanzanian Projects

In mid-February 2019 4 preservice teacher education students and 2 staff from the University of Wollongong (UOW) Faculty of Social Sciences had the privilege of travelling to the…