MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education.
Providing educational opportunities
More than 70 million primary-school-aged children in the developing world do not go to school. Fifty-five percent of them are girls (UN, 2008). Education is at the heart of the process of providing hungry people with opportunity. The Hunger Project empowers local communities to make dramatic and innovative improvements in education.
In Africa, we’ve mobilized people in eight countries to build community centers, called epicenters, for meeting basic needs. Every epicenter provides primary education for girls and boys and functional literacy for adults, especially women. In the process of building the epicenters, villagers gain the influence to successfully convince government to provide and pay for teachers, literacy trainers and materials for their classrooms.
In India, a top priority for elected women representatives (panchayat members) who participate in The Hunger Project’s Women’s Leadership Workshop is to improve the quality of village schools, and make it safer for girls to attend them.
In Mexico, Hunger Project animators, in partnership with the local community, utilize training centers to mobilize community members to take self-reliant action to improve their well-being. These centers provide literacy training, among other services. The Mexican government honored one of our centers in the state of Zacatecas for running the best regional school for adult literacy.