Teaching & Education

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The most effective way of creating positive, long-term change in a society is through the power of teaching and education, which is why African Impact’s teaching in Africa opportunities are so important. As a largely undeveloped continent, the opportunity for growth is extraordinary, yet children across Africa are restricted by sub-standard education systems and a plethora of cultural and societal norms that keep them from progressing.

Some key facts to demonstrate the issue:

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, over 10 million children drop out of primary school every single year
  • For every 2 children who attend school, 1 will drop out before graduating
  • Roughly 50% of high school teachers in Africa are formally trained
  • Almost 60% of children aged between 15 and 17 are not in school

Global Status of Out-of-School Children

Region Total number of children out of school
Sub-Saharan Africa 34.1 million
Southern Asia 10.3 million
Eastern and South-Eastern Asia 7.2 million
Northern Africa and Western Asia 5.8 million
Rest of the World 63.3 million

Source: UNESCO Fact Sheet, 2018

As the statistics show, over 50% of the total number of out of school children live in Sub-Saharan Africa, where we run our teaching and education programs. While many of these initiatives focus on volunteers teaching within schools, the table above serves to highlight the vital need for also engaging with children outside of the classroom.

Therefore, the aim of African Impact’s teaching programs is to enhance the quality of education across East and Southern Africa and provide opportunities for education that are otherwise unavailable. This is in line the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4 that understands the power of an inclusive and quality education.

The Importance of Education in a Child’s Life

1. Reducing poverty and stimulating economic growth

Education is a key weapon to combat extreme poverty and can assist, ultimately, in helping to grow a country’s micro and macro economy.  For every year spent in school, an individual’s estimated potential earnings rise by 10%, which, in turn, allows them to become more self-sufficient and more able to provide for themselves and their family. This has far-reaching effects; increased income is invested back into the local economy, which drives a country’s growth and improves opportunity for all.

2. Improving gender equality 

Access to a quality education is key for reducing gender-based inequalities, yet over 28 million African girls between the ages of 6 and 15 are not in school. Simply teaching a female how to read or write helps them access information about their rights and how to challenge inequality, while educated mothers are more likely to send their children to school and invest back into their community.

3. Encouraging good health

Educating children is key to improving health and sanitation across the globe, as increased access to correct information has the power to influence behavior and drive change. For example, a girl who receives a quality primary school education in Sub-Saharan Africa is three times less likely to contract HIV in her lifetime and would reduce her risk of maternal mortality by an enormous 70%.

How Volunteering to Teach English in Africa Can Help

As a volunteer who wants to get involved in teaching in Africa, you will directly support one of African Impact’s education programs that strive to provide opportunities for children that are otherwise inaccessible.

While each of our volunteer projects have a varying focus, volunteers at most of our destinations will provide vital support for local teachers at a rural pre-, primary or high-schools. The support given to the teachers at these schools enhances the quality of education they are able to provide and eases their load for effective teaching and assessment of the children in their care. Most significantly, volunteer assistance means children are able to access one-to-one attention they otherwise would not receive. This is extremely important for identifying children who are falling behind in their education and providing the support they so desperately require.

After-school programs, including art, maths, sports and reading clubs, are also a large part of a volunteer teacher’s role. These initiatives help to keep children away from the dangers associated with the vulnerable after-school hours, including gang culture and substance abuse. One of the favorite activities of our volunteers who are teaching in Africa is our weekly reading club in the Zululand region of South Africa, as well as the awe-inspiring Maths club near Victoria Falls.

Teaching volunteering doesn’t end with children. In East Africa, we are teaching English to adults through free adult education classes; in Zululand, we work to train rural teachers to better be able to look after the children in their care; and at Victoria Falls we run adult literacy clubs and support the elderly.

We believe that education should be available to anyone who wants it, and are very proud to see the progress our teaching volunteers are making towards this cause.

Personal highlights from our teaching in Africa projects last year include:

  • Completing the build of our very first African Impact free community school in Zanzibar
  • Volunteers helping 19/20 special needs students in Zimbabwe re-integrate back into main-stream schooling
  • Providing over 8500 hours of education at after-school and reading clubs across the continent
  • Spending 3929 hours directly supporting local teachers in their classrooms
  • Directly impacting 650 children through the training of 20 rural teachers in St. Lucia, South Africa
  • Helping 18 Maasai Tribe members complete a 6-week language course in Tanzania to help with their employability

It is because of volunteer support that these achievements are possible.

Your Choice of Destinations to Teach English in Africa Include:

If you are passionate about teaching in Africa and want to volunteer responsibly with children, check out our teaching and education volunteer projects below:

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