The core of what we do
We focus on three main areas
Our focus is on getting children into school and learning. Lessons for Life helps vulnerable kids stay in school at all ages, from pre-primary right through to university.
This part of our work is about helping school leavers and vulnerable young people set themselves up for working life through vocational skills and apprenticeships.
We harness the power of technology and innovation to connect remote or vulnerable communities - and people of all ages - to learning.
How we work
Lessons for Life are a grant making organisation as opposed to an implementing organisation, which means we find, fund and partner with outstanding local organisations. These partners then carry out vital work on the ground in Africa, with our support.
Our staff conduct regular field visits, to monitor partners and build capacity within the local organisations that we are proud to support and help grow. Learn more about each of the countries we work in across sub-Saharan Africa, and take a look at our partners here
Why our work matters
Too many kids in sub-Saharan Africa finish primary school unable to read, write and add up. Their time at school leaves them no better prepared for life than when they first arrived as toddlers.
That has got to change.
We want to see every child, no matter where they are born, get an education that equips them for life; an education that gives them the skills, qualifications and resilience to make their mark.
For us, it all starts with sending kids to school. Then we help make sure kids can learn lessons for life once they’re in the classroom. Because schools don’t exist in isolation, we also work with families and communities too. And we look at how innovation can drive our work. It’s a ‘whole child’ approach that ups the impact of everything we do.