An old Chinese proverb says :
'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime'
In PAVE we agree with this but
we go further!
Our mission is to provide young people with the necessary equipment so they can not only feed themselves, but AFTER THREE OR FOUR YEARS of post-secondary education, THEY IN TURN CAN FEED OTHERS in their families and their communities, providing them with independence and respect.
Achieving professional and nationally recognised qualifications will equip them to find well paid jobs
and they will then be in a position to fund the education of their own children or younger siblings.
This spreads the benefits of their sponsorship even further!
PAVING THE WAY TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ADULTS AND THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH FURTHER EDUCATION!
Attendance at primary school in Mozambique is compulsory, and that is where many of the children stop their education. Secondary schooling is optional at a small cost but only about 33% can afford their children’s school fees. Of the fortunate ones who actually finish secondary education, only 10% progress to University or Technical College or trade school.
And yet – without a profession or trade qualification the chances of finding employment is minimal! Some very bright students are now selling cashew nuts in the streets, running after cars to sell the drivers phone credit, helping a family member with a vegetable market stall, or selling tomatoes by the roadside. Others who cannot find any jobs turn to selling drink, drugs or, in the case of the post-secondary females, to prostitution as a means of providing for themselves, as their families can no longer finance them.
Sadly many of these alumni had long dreamt of becoming doctors, teachers, nurses, mechanics and other professionals and tradespeople but have been denied the chance because of financial reasons.
Our vision is to change that and give young people a hope of realizing their dream to qualify as nurses, educational and public administrators, IT consultants, lawyers, travel and tourism experts...
And electricians, car mechanics, carpenters, plumbers, garden landscapers….
ONLY ONE PERCENT OF GIRLS GO ON TO FURTHER EDUCATION. We particularly would like to fund them so they can take their rightful place in society and provide them with the dignity and the respect they deserve.
THIS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES, THAT OF THEIR FAMILIES AND EVENTUALLY THEIR COMMUNITY!