STUDENT ACTION FOR FEMALE EDUCATION IN AFRICA
Student Action for Female Education (SAFE) is a student-led project founded through the Cambridge University United Nations Association (CUUNA). Our aim is to promote female education through engaging in local, national and international initiatives, raising awareness and running fundraising events to raise money for CAMFED. We chose to support CAMFED due to its unique ideology and sustainable impact. By partnering with local communities, CAMFED takes the ‘think global, act local’ approach to change, empowering young women with the opportunities and skills they need to fulfil their potential and to become leaders.
At SAFE, we are particularly inspired by CAMA, which we believe to be one of the main driving forces of the multiplier effect illustrated by the CAMFED model. We view female education as one of the most effective ways to tackle the global issues we currently face, with an impact (direct or indirect) on all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Our mission is to help to provide girls and young women with the opportunities to become leaders of change, and to encourage the youth of today to become global citizens and stand together to fight for our future.
Covid-19 has posed many challenges, causing fundraising to be much more difficult. However, we have so far managed to raise over £1200 through organising a Christmas treats delivery and a marathon challenge. Alongside this, we have run various speaker events to raise awareness about our cause, are in the process of setting up a charity tutoring scheme and have organised workshops for students at the University of Nigeria.
Testimonials from the team
Poppy Wager Leigh
“Working on this project has been a beacon of hope during these otherwise gloomy times. I have particularly enjoyed raising awareness about the wider benefits of female education amongst my local community. The work of CAMFED is integral to not only giving girls the best chance at life but also ensuring an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future. I’m looking forward to continuing raising money for this fantastic cause!”
Project Lead & Founder
“The work of CAMA throughout this pandemic demonstrates the resilience and unstoppable spirit of women fighting towards a better future, not only for themselves but also for their families and communities. Working with such a wonderful team towards a cause that means so much to me has been a major highlight of my second year at university, and I am beyond excited to continue developing the project and raising more money for this incredible organisation.”
"As someone who’s previously worked in teaching roles, I was really drawn to CAMFED’s cause and SAFE has been a great way to support other women and girls by passing on the benefits of education that I have had the privilege to enjoy. Education can be such a powerful way to enact all kinds of change and, at times of crisis like this pandemic, the work of organisations like CAMFED is especially crucial in making sure progress is continued."