Schools for Africa / UNICEF / Nelson Mandela Foundation
In southern Africa more than 40 million girls and boys do not attend school. Nearly one in two children do not have the chance to learn literacy and numeracy skills. The children from the poorest families, girls and AIDS orphans are especially disadvantaged. Here education is the only opportunity to break the vicious circle of poverty, ignorance and illness. “Schools for Africa” was jointly launched at an international press conference in Cape Town on 6 December 2004 by the Hamburg Society, UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela personally supports the “Schools for Africa” campaign, and addressed the public in a video message to ask for support for the project.