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Although education is a fundamental human right, 30 million children in sub-Saharan Africa are not in school, and the majority of these are girls. Education empowers women and girls, improves incomes, contributes to good health, reduces the likelihood of child marriage, and serves as a driver for economic development.

Grandmothers in Africa know the importance of education.  And it is why GRAN advocates to Canadian and international governments and works with national and international organizations to promote  quality and equitable education.  This goal recognizes the importance of education in humanitarian, emergency, and protracted crises, the need for safe schools and to ensure that learning opportunities are available for people of all ages. 

GRAN, along with a coalition of civil society organizations, successfully advocated for the Canadian government to meet its pledge of $120 million over four years to the Global Partnership for Education (see below).  While pleased at this pledge, GRAN is monitoring the declining amount of Official Development Assistance that Canada provides and the disproportionate impact of these cuts to education. 

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), set up in 2002, to “galvanize and coordinate a global effort to deliver a good quality education to all girls and boys, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable.”  The GPE includes sixty developing countries, donor governments, such as Canada, international organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector. 


In this section, we provide a selection of background resources on access to quality education in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as resources and templates for supporting advocacy actions.  These resources will be updated on a regular basis.  


Principles for a Just Recovery

May 26, 2020

Launched this week, the 6 Principles for a Just Recovery are the result of discussions among civil society groups across Canada, and have been endorsed by over 200 organizations. GRAN... Read more

Canada Pushing for Debt Relief for Africa

May 20, 2020

It is encouraging to see this report about Canada's leadership on debt relief and to learn of the government's plans to respond to the UN global appeal for contributions to help fight the... Read more

Protecting Girls during COVID-19

May 13, 2020

The impact of COVID 19 on adolescent girls in Africa is likely to have devastating long term effects.  The pandemic will exacerbate the inequalities already faced by young girls.  Read the... Read more

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