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Our Charity Partner: AET

AET: Charity Partner

Vicky was like many women in the Sudan whose hope of ever finishing their high school education was a dream shattered by civil war and the society’s expectations of the role of girls.

Africa Education Trust (AET) brings education, along with hope and opportunity to these vibrant young women.

The ethos of women supporting women to overcome challenges, pass on knowledge and learn together is our core value at Find Your Wings. Despite the different cultural and geographical settings, we share with AET the same passion to improve women’s lives and give them control over their future. This is why they are our partner charity and why we are committed to working with them in whatever way is most helpful.

About AET

AET is an education specialist organisation, that believes supporting quality education is key for changing individuals, communities and countries for the better.

AET focuses on the war-torn regions of Western Africa, bringing education projects managed by local specialists, with formal qualifications in disciplines such as working with children, teaching, and education management. The AET staff help to build the capacity of government staff, education administrators such as head teachers, and local NGOs, in all areas of education, from examination development to adult literacy. These specialists draw from internationally-recognised best practice in education and make it available and practicable in areas affected by instability and conflict.

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Africa Education Trust providing education to change the lives of women for the better.
Africa Education Trust providing education to change the lives of women for the better.

Find Your Wings Spotlight Programme: Accelerated Secondary Education for Women (ASEW), South Sudan

South Sudan has experienced decades of conflict and civil war with hostilities intensifying since 2013. This has resulted in limited educational opportunities, a shattered school infrastructure, few qualified teachers and only basic learning materials.  Only 27% of the country’s population are literate – one of the lowest literacy rates in the world. 

Women who are on the ASEW programme are just like you in so many ways, they want to chose their own future

Girls and women face even more challenges in gaining an education with very few girls graduating secondary school and with only one in 12 teachers being female there are few role models to promote girl’s education. Even if girls are allowed to enter secondary school they face forced early marriage, early pregnancy and family poverty which favours boy’s education. 

The ASEW programme offers young women who have never had the opportunity to complete their secondary education to return to school and undertake the South Sudan national certificate of secondary education in 2.5 years instead of 4. This is achieved by intensive, but flexible, learning in small classes with highly experienced teachers and coaches. Women who are on the ASEW programme are just like you in so many ways, they want to chose their own future.

The lesson timetable works around the women’s domestic responsibilities and there is a creche for smaller children. Of the 100 graduates of the programme 97% have either gone on to get paid formal employment or enter higher education, with many going into essential trades such as teaching, midwifery or their own small businesses.  These women are role models for girls in their communities and through their education can gain employment and generate a livelihood to support their families and essentially, pay school fees for their own girl-children.

Of the 100 graduates of the programme 97% have either gone on to get paid formal employment or enter higher education with many going into essential trades such as teaching, midwifery or their own small businesses.

How you can help

Mentoring

Mentoring and peer support is a critical part of the Find Your Wings service and we also extend this to the women who are on the ASEW programme.

If you’d like to offer your experience and support, while also broadening your horizons and opening the door to new opportunities, then please mention this to us and we can explain how it would all work.

Sponsor a Woman

Securing a high school education sets a Sudanese woman on a completely different path. Doors to further education, a job, independence, security, freedom, a purpose… all start to open.

Women who are on the ASEW programme are just like you in so many ways, they want to chose their own future. You (or your business) can sponsor a woman through her whole programme for just £500 a year.

Business Support

Fundraising and awareness are the lifeblood of organisations like Africa Education Trust. There are a number of ways that you could support the charity; for example by becoming a corporate partner, holding events, volunteering.. take a look at their web page for more information.

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