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Camfed

December 03, 2010 04:15 ET

Camfed Launches "Every Child Belongs in School" Campaign

Film Campaign Aims to Support Education for 1,000 Children in Rural Africa This Christmas Season

CAMBRIDGE, UK--(Marketwire - December 3, 2010) - There are 45 million children in Africa who are unable to go to school due to poverty. Many spend their days working in gruelling jobs, earning little more than 60p a day. Some marry early and have children that they are unable to support. Without an education, their prospects for escaping poverty are bleak.

To expose the hardships experienced by children who are deprived of the right to attend school, Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) has launched a film campaign about educational exclusion. The goal: to secure funding to send 1,000 children in rural Africa to school by the end of 2011.

"Every Child Belongs in School" (http://us.camfed.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sisters) provides a glimpse into the lives of children who have been forced by poverty to leave school at a very young age and take a difficult life path. The four short films were made by an award-winning team, including Academy Award-winner Ross Kauffman, and will be released weekly throughout December, from now through December 21st.

Told from the point of view of children in Ghana and Tanzania, each film recounts the story of a child who was forced to leave school to marry or to work, despite the child's reluctance to abandon his or her education.

"The children who are profiled in these films are keenly aware that going to school is their only route out of poverty," says Ann Cotton, Executive Director of Camfed. "The films draw attention to a terrible irony -- that because of poverty, millions of children are being deprived of the one thing that will help them escape poverty: an education."

Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) works to solve long-term health, economic and social issues in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in their economic independence and leadership. Since 1993, 1,065,710 children in some of the poorest regions of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania and Malawi have benefited from Camfed's education programmes. For more information, please visit www.camfed.org.

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