What you need to know:
In 2008 Classrooms for Africa was founded as a registered non-profit organization based in Canada. Classrooms for Africa exists to provide educational support for underprivileged communities and parents in sub-Saharan Africa who are doing their best to provide schooling for their children.
Classrooms for Africa has undertaken over 100 building projects, completing over 340 classrooms including offices, storerooms and administration blocks, and training over 400 teachers. They have benefited close to 15,000 students and their teachers in 59 schools located in eight countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Through grants, compiled from private and corporate donors and Schools across Canada, Classrooms for Africa works to improve the educational system of communities. These grants specifically help build classrooms and other school support buildings.
Why Classroom for Africa?
Classrooms for Africa has drawn communities together and given young people hope because of the permanent classrooms that have been provided for their children.
Classrooms for Africa take on small, manageable projects or full school builds and have completed 2 full elementary schools, 2 high schools and are currently involved in 6 other full school builds.
The communities take responsibility for the construction project using community help and local workers. The projects are completed by using local labour to support local economies. The community is involved by volunteering labour to dig foundations or make bricks so that they have contributed in a meaningful way.
Classrooms for Africa has a very stringent monitoring process to ensure funds are used appropriately and to guarantee grants will result in usable classroom spaces.
Once a community has applied for a grant they are carefully screened to ensure operators have a plan and are committed to long term sustainability.
Metrics of Impact
$20 can provide a desk for a student
$800 can furnish a classroom
$6,000 can build a kitchen area from which the children and staff could be fed
$11,000 can build a classroom
$40,000 can build a dormitory to accommodate 100-120 students
$130,000 can build an elementary school that would accommodate at least 350-400 children or a high school for 250-300 students