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COGIC has decided to extend Rise Up And Learn through the month of March.

In honor of Black History Month, UNICEF USA is teaming up with the Church of God in Christ and other religious organizations across the U.S. to help African children fulfill their dreams of an education.

OUR STORIES

Saulos Mzuwala

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Saulos Mzuwala is head teacher at Mchoka Primary School in rural Malawi. He knows the problems his students face when they have to attend class without a desk and chair. “ A learner is more comfortable sitting on desks then on the floor,” he says “The problems arise when the children want to write. They use their knees as desks which leads to poor handwriting.” Today, students at Mchoka Primary School no longer have to sit on the floor, thanks to the K.I.N.D. Fund. Help students in Africa rise up and learn: unicefusa.org/rise

Lajab Saidi

Lajab Saidi is a student at Mchoka Primary School in rural Malawi.  “We fold our legs when we are sitting, and when we tried to write, our paper get damaged. That wastes a lot of our time, “ Lajab says. “ It’s distracting, and that makes it hard to do well in school.”

Nema Samalira, a teacher at his school notes another problem for he and his classmates. Students’ clothes get dirty when they have to sit on the ground. “It’s hard for these kids to afford soap … If their clothes are dirty they don’t come to school.” Today, students at Lajab’s school no longer have to sit on the floor, thanks to the K.I.N.D. Fund. Help students in Africa rise up and learn: unicefusa.org/rise

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Alhaji

In the last year, conflict in Nigeria and neighboring countries has driven 1 million children out of school. Alhaji, 14, is one of them. Here, in a UNICEF-supported safe space at a camp for the displaced, he sketches a picture of his home before the village of Bama, Nigeria was attacked by Boko Haram. Thanks to UNICEF safe spaces and School-in-a-Box kits, children like Alhaji can get the educations they deserve. Help students in Africa rise up and learn: unicefusa.org/rise

Grace

In Malawi, only seven percent of girls complete their educations. Here, Grace Moses studies at the Mchuchu Primary School in Malawi where UNICEF helped train teachers, delivered desks, built separate bathrooms for boys and girls, and provide textbooks and learning materials. Help students in Africa rise up and learn: unicefusa.org/rise

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Monrovia Student

The West Africa Ebola epidemic interrupted education for thousands of children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Many schools were closed for six months or more. UNICEF worked closely with the governments of those countries to get students learning again. Here, a girl at the Monrovia Demonstration School in Liberia claps during a sing-along on the first day of the school year last fall. Help students in Africa rise up and learn: unicefusa.org/rise