Education 4 All was born from a vision – and we’ve been pursuing it ever since.
Everybody has the right to be educated. To be able to read and write and do math; to reason critically and think logically – it’s hard to overestimate the impact that these skills can have on our quality of life. That’s why increasing universal access to primary education is one of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals – and why it’s the goal of Nukoko’s Education 4 All (E4A) program.
In 2007, our founder, Kanika Gupta, had just finished a volunteer internship in Togo, West Africa. Her experience there inspired her to start an organization that would partner directly with local non-profits in developing countries, to increase access to education for young girls and contribute to community development. E4A was born from this vision – and we’ve been pursuing it ever since.
Our goals and successes
Our goal has always been to provide better access to schooling for young girls in the northern region of Namaré. To accomplish this goal, our work on the ground is done in partnership with a local Togolese non-profit called REJED. Our operation is simple: spread across five districts, we donate funds that cover necessary school fees, as well as locally purchased classroom materials for both students and teachers. Although primary school education is our main focus, the community is also provided with open information sessions on hygiene, health care, and equality during REJED’s visits, which take place twice a year.
This has been an extremely successful program over the past five years, with over 600 girls taking part by receiving school fees or school materials, and we’ve managed to help increase the number of girls in the classroom and build their confidence in the community. So the important decision we made this year might come as a bit of a surprise.
We’ve decided to put the Education 4 All program on hiatus in 2013/14. Although we are very proud of the program and the results it has achieved, we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We want to make sure that the way we work is achieving the best possible results – and that means critically examining every aspect of our program, how it’s run, and what it has accomplished. While the decision wasn’t an easy one, we concluded that taking a break from our programming was the only way to ensure we could commit fully to this period of self-reflection.
Education 4 All Program Coordinator