Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has recently made legitimate strides towards universal primary education, with 76.3 percent of children of primary school age now attending school. However, as this influx has been rapid, schools have often been left underfunded and without the necessary infrastructure, materials, and teachers to provide students quality education.
The student to teacher ratio for primary school in SSA is 42.5:1 and secondary school enrollment in Africa jumped 48% between 2000 and 2008. The lack of teachers has been apparent in the current partner schools with which Hopeful Africa works and has led to the development of the teacher support program, which has thus far provided eight teachers annually to a total of four partner schools.
At present, Hopeful Africa provides funds to four partner schools which they then use for teacher pay and support. Expansion of this program to other schools, regions, and countries will be as needed, dependent upon relationships and feasibility.