Why bursaries?

Poverty is a major cause of poor access to education, retention and completion for girls in sub-Saharan African. When families cannot afford to educate all their children and must make a choice, preference often goes to boys.

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 47% of the world’s out-of-school children. 35 million African children of primary school age are not enrolled in school. More than half of these – 54% - are girls, many of whom have never been to school at all.

To address the limited access to quality basic education experienced by children living in rural or remote communities or in socially marginalized areas, we identify and support severely disadvantaged girls from such areas through a bursary programme.

How FAWE bursaries work

FAWE’s bursaries enables girls from poor background to enrol in school, stay on to complete the school cycle at primary or secondary level, and perform well in national examinations. This final support covers the cost of school fees, school uniforms, textbooks, stationary and personal hygiene products.

We also extend financial support to pay for girls underprivileged backgrounds. Currently, 30 percent of our bursary beneficiaries are boys. Over 46,000 students have benefitted from our bursary programme since it was introduced in 2003.

About us

  • FAWE is a pan-African Non-Governmental Organisation working in 33 African countries to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education.

    We believe that through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced. Educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.



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