Education: the pathway to freedom in Africa

By April 15, 2021

Africa (MNN) — Poverty, disease, and war entrap countless multitudes throughout the continent of Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for two-thirds of the global extreme poor population, while new and ongoing conflicts throughout the continent keep millions displaced.

There are plenty of reasons to leave difficult nations behind, but few find healthy ways to escape. Some find safe, gainful employment overseas. Most leave their homeland under less-than-desirable circumstances.

According to the latest global report, children make up two-thirds of Africa’s human trafficking victims:

Trafficking flows out of Sub-Saharan Africa have a global dimension, with victims detected in Western and Southern Europe, in North Africa and in the Middle East. Victims from Sub-Saharan countries are also detected in North America and East Asia.

“Education is freedom for so many,” TeachBeyond’s Tammy Peters says.

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Throughout Africa, TeachBeyond focuses on communities with little or no access to education. “We have a program called Open Schools Worldwide which trains volunteers, local Africans, with the curriculum. [This curriculum] brings children up to grade three of literacy and grade three of numeracy,” Peters explains.

“It enables them to start a little business [and] not be ripped off; it enables them to help support their parents.”

Christ is the center of every lesson. “So many of our educational methods are grounded in who Jesus is,” Peters notes.

“We are promoting Christian education that transforms the heart and minds of leaders and children.”

Pandemic shutdowns closed schools across Africa last year, robbing a generation of its future. “There are millions of kids out there who are vulnerable. Remember to pray for them,” Peters requests.

“Pray that the Lord sends more workers; pray for the girls over there that are so vulnerable right now.”

Help African students get back in the classroom through TeachBeyond.

 

 

Header image courtesy of TeachBeyond.