Education creates the basis for an independent, better life! About ¼ billion children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years have no access to education worldwide. Countries in Africa have the highest illiteracy rate. In Guinea and Sierra Leone it is over 60% (cf. UNESCO World Education Report 2019).
There are multiple reasons for that:
Families are too poor to enable their children to attend school.
the schools are overcrowded or too far away
children often have to work to ensure the survival of the family – so there is no time to attend school.
The Jörg Wolff Foundation is committed to the building of schools in West Africa in order to allow children the chance for a better life
Help for self-help
In the promotion we encourage the personal initiative:
Wherever parents and assistant teachers in the villages give the children lessons on their own initiative and have set up public schools, we support these initiatives by constructing a school building. The school committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. Each school receives a foundation certificate.
How it was in the past?
Lessons often take place in a simple “palm roof school”. It was often built nearby a church. In the rainy season, lessons can then be held under the church roof.
How is the situation today?
Weatherproof school buildings, ventilated classrooms and stable school desks provide a good learning atmosphere. Systematic teaching takes place, learning is fun!