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Camfed Founder Ann Cotton Speaks at U.S.-Africa Summit Hosted by the White House, George W. Bush Institute and U.S. State Department
Date:8/6/2014

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 06, 2014

Camfed (Campaign for Female Education), an international nonprofit organization that invests in the education of girls in rural Africa, announced that today, Founder and President Ann Cotton joined an esteemed panel of experts in Washington, D.C. to address the expansion of education, health and economic access in Africa. The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit was hosted by the White House, the George W. Bush Institute and the U.S. State Department.

First Ladies from nearly 30 countries joined Michelle Obama and Laura Bush to share success stories and identify actionable solutions to the challenges women and girls face in Africa.

“It is a great honor to participate in this Summit,” said Cotton. “For more than 20 years, Camfed has supported a generation of African girls and women with access to secondary and higher education, employment opportunities and, ultimately, into positions of leadership. I was asked to share our experiences and discuss ways to replicate Camfed’s success in rural Africa in many more locations.”

Camfed and The MasterCard Foundation are also excited to announce the publication of “When you educate a girl, everything changes”, a book which profiles MasterCard Foundation Scholars in Ghana supported by Camfed. The Scholars share the challenges they have faced in securing their education and their hopes for the future.

“The courage and imagination of the girls and young women who feature in the book are utterly inspiring to me,” said Cotton. “Above all, I am inspired by their generosity. Each individual has struggled against the cruelty of poverty and yet each looks forward to the day when she has the opportunity to help others, to transform her community, to contribute to the progress of Ghana. They inspire all of us who hold the power to make a difference to do more, much more.”

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