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Projects in Guinea
For education and sustainable organic agriculture we nowadays focus on projects in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Sierra Leone.
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Guinea About 10 million people live in the Republic of Guinea. Conakry is Guinea's capital, largest city, and economic centre. French is the official language. Muslims represent 85 percent of the population. Significant minorities are Christian or animistic.
From its independence in 1958 until the recent elections of 2010, Guinea has been governed by a number of autocratic rulers, which has contributed to making Guinea one of the poorest countries in the world. Even today, the issue of human rights in the country remains controversial. Read more...
Economy: The 2012 per capita GDP in Guinea is only $529. Guinea's economy is largely dependent on agriculture (employing 80 percent of the labour force) and mineral production. Guinea has abundant natural resources. It is the world's second largest producer of bauxite, and has rich deposits of diamonds and gold.
Health: Life expectancy is 54 years. The under-5 mortality rate is 13% (down from 24% in 1990).
Education: the literacy rate of Guinea is only 39%. Female literacy is estimated to be as low as 30%. Education is compulsory for 8 years, but attendance is low, and many do not go to school at all. Children, particularly girls, are kept out of school in order to assist their parents with domestic work or agriculture. Adults have had an average of 1.6 years of schooling.
Sources: UN HDI, IMF, Wikipedia

Second Wave Education Foundation

EDUCATION Digital education, Guinea and Niger 2020-2023
The Second Wave Education Foundation (SWEF) team has developed an application for additional maths and language lessons for pupils in... more
David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

NATURE Alternative livelihoods to protect an important habitat for chimpanzees, 2020-2021
The British David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1984 to support initiatives... more
Milly Mamoudou Stichting

NATURE Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, 2020-2021
The Milly Mamoudou Foundation helps the Guinean organisation ONG Sarinka in its mission to create employment in... more
School-to-School International

EDUCATION Teacher training at six primary schools, 2017-2019
School-to-School International's Whole Child Model provides teaching, as well as health (food and hygiene), and stimulating an... more
Aide et Action International

EDUCATION Girl-friendly school EAF, Guinée, 2014-2017
The French education organisation Aide et Action is a major international player aiming to improve access to and quality of education in... more
UAF

EDUCATION Foundation for Refugee Students UAF, 2007-2009
The UAF supports refugees and asylum seekers with a higher education in their further training and in finding work by means of providing money, advice and supervision. Around 300 UAF-students will graduate... more
Our focus:: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R. Congo, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone
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Recent history of Guinea
    Guinea declared its independence from France in 1958. President Touré immediately establishing a one-party dictatorship, with a closed, socialized economy and no tolerance for human rights, free expression, or political opposition.
    The state took over farms and other production. Imposition of price controls started an era of pervasive black markets and smuggling even though it was punishable by death. Touré's party officials took monopoly of social and economic life. State police spied on everyone. Many people who were arrested died in a Soviet-style concentration camp. More than a million people fled the repression into neighbouring countries.
    After 26 years in power, Touré died unexpectedly in 1984. His successor, President Lansana Conté, clung to power for 24 years.
    After Conté died in 2008, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara seized military control of Guinea. During a demonstration against his junta a year later, soldiers used such extreme and lethal violence against the protesters that the junta became internationally ostracized. In an internal quarrel following the bloodbath, Camara was severely injured. In 2010, convalescing in Marocco, Camara agreed to allow Guinea to return to civilian rule. At the end of the year, relatively smooth and fair elections were held - the first since Guinea became independent in 1958 - with a high voter turnout. Long-time opposition leader Alpha Condé became President.


Project details

Second Wave Education Foundation Digital education, Guinea and Niger 2020-2023
The Second Wave Education Foundation (SWEF) team has developed an application for additional maths and language lessons for pupils in the final years of primary school in Francophone African countries. Many of them currently fail their primary-school exams because the language use and format, developed in France, is too complicated. Extra online lessons prepare them better for their primary school exams, increasing their pass rate. This prevents ceasing the education of children who have reached the necessary level to advance to secondary education. SWEF started by working through local NGOs at primary schools in Guinea and Niger, but there is rapidly growing interest, including in Togo. By charging a fee for using the app, the organisation expects to be self-sufficient by 2023.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €35,000 towards this project (of which, €5,000 in 2020).

See also: Other projects in focus country Niger

Digitaal onderwijs, Guinée en Niger
Digitaal onderwijs, Guinée en Niger



David Shepherd Wildlife FoundationChimpansee Conservation Centre Alternative livelihoods to protect an important habitat for chimpanzees, Guinea, 2020-2021
The British David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation was founded in 1984 to support initiatives protecting wildlife. The team in the UK does long-term work through local partners and currently supports fifteen projects in nine countries. In Guinea they work with the Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC). CCC takes care of orphaned and confiscated chimpanzees and releases them back into the wild. The organisation also protects an important habitat for 500 chimpanzees in the National Park of Upper Niger, the Kouya and Mafou forests. CCC works with local communities to raise awareness and provide alternative sources of income to ease pressure on the ecosystem. This project involves setting up food gardens, improving the production of bags made from recycled plastic bottles, improving beekeeping and soap production, and expanding to include other women's groups.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €8,500 towards this project (of which, €3,000 in 2020).

Chimpansee Conservation Centre, Guinée
Chimpansee Conservation Centre, Guinée



Milly Mamoudou Stichting Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea, 2020-2021
The Milly Mamoudou Foundation helps the Guinean organisation ONG Sarinka in its mission to create employment in two villages in Coyah. This multifunctional park with accommodation which is let to tourists (overnight stays), private individuals (weddings) and companies (workshops), provides 17 people with employment and generates a modest income for new small-scale projects. This project is too large for them to finance. ONG Sarinka wants to restore the ecosystem along the Sarinka River together with the local Jeunes Amis pour le Futur Foundation. Water sources are drying up faster and more and more people feel the need to do something about it. The organisation is doing this with the local population by planting trees, providing an alternative to felling trees - the production of green briquettes, and raising awareness through locally based green commissions. Production units which turn green waste into charcoal are being installed in two villages.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 25,000 towards this project.

Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea
Forest conservation by introducing green briquettes, Coyah, Guinea



School-to-School International Teacher training at six primary schools, Guinea, 2017-2019
School-to-School International's Whole Child Model provides teaching, as well as health (food and hygiene), and stimulating an engaged community for a better future for the children. To improve education, School-to-School is working with the ministry of education to develop an improved curriculum and better instruction materials for mathematics in years 1 and 2 and for reading in years 3 and 4. Fifteen teachers and six head teachers are being trained during this process. Following this year, the curriculum will be extended to four other schools that School-to-School works with, and hopefully the government will also extend it to many other schools in Guinea.

The Turing Foundation is contributing €17,000 towards the training component.

See also: Other teacher training projects

Teacher training at six primary schools, Guinée
Teacher training at six primary schools, Guinée



Aide et Action International Girl-friendly school EAF, Guinée, 2014-2017
The French education organisation Aide et Action is a major international player aiming to improve access to and quality of education in Guinea. It is improving education for 5,000 students at twenty schools in four rural communities in Boké and Kindia, by training teachers and increasing local involvement in the education system. 120 teachers are learning better teaching methods, and also how to develop a more positive towards girls. Local involvement in the education system is increased by formulating, selecting and implementing school projects together with local communities. In addition, these school projects directly contribute to better education by, for instancce, removing obstacles for girls.

The Turing Foundation is contributing € 150,000 to this project (of which, € 25,000 in 2017).

See also:
      Aide et Action International: other projects
      Other teacher training projects

Girl-friendly school EAF, Guinée, 2014-2017
Girl-friendly school EAF, Guinée, 2014-2017



UAF Foundation for Refugee Students UAF, 2007-2009
The UAF supports refugees and asylum seekers with a higher education in their further training and in finding work by means of providing money, advice and supervision. For students who rightly claim a refugee status as mentioned in article 1 of the Geneva convention on Refugees the acceptance procedure of the UAF allows them to start their training without having to wait for their residence permit. Approximately 300 UAF-students graduate yearly.

Just like the past few years, the Turing Foundation donates € 50,000 to the UAF in 2009.

See also: Other projects in focus country Liberia

UAF dimplomas 2008
UAF dimplomas 2008




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