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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 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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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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Attendance rate up as pupils explore new books

Young students at Endagile Primary School in rural Tanzania love going to school so they can read books, their teacher says. As part of the Let’s Read project,…

So They Can Policies in Kiswahili

While we’re busy with the more public facing projects at So They Can like any organisation  a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to ensure we’re…

Group Photo of Kenyan Life Exchange Trip 2019

Kenya Life Exchange 2019 – Kirsten Delaney shares her highlights

In July, my 16-year-old daughter, Caitlin, and I were thrilled to be part of the Life Exchange Trip to Kenya with So They Can. Our family have sponsored…