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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

ng African girls, the book offers proof of all that is possible when girls go to school. A digital version of the book can be found at http://www.camfed.org/when-you-educate-girl.

“At Camfed, we have focused on transforming the vicious cycle of poverty in many rural African communities into a cycle of opportunity. Alumnae of Camfed’s programs go on to become role models and mentors for future generations of young students. We call this the ‘virtuous circle’ and we know this is a model that works. This Summit is an opportunity to learn from others as well as share Camfed’s experience,” said Cotton.

Cotton participated in a panel, titled Education: Creating Opportunities and Investing in the Next Generation of Women Leaders. The panelists discussed how public-private partnerships, cross-sector collaborations and technology can improve access to, and success in, educational opportunities for girls in Africa. The full panel included:

  • Ann Cotton, President and Founder of Camfed International, OBE;
  • The Honorable Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State, moderator;
  • The Honorable Aïcha Bah Diallo, Chairperson, Forum for African Women Educationalists;
  • Shelly Esque, Chairman of the Board, Intel Foundation, and Vice President of Legal and Corporate Affairs and Global Director of Corporate Affairs Group at Intel Corporation; and
  • Dr. Sara Ruto, Regional Manager – Uwezo East Africa, UWEZO

At last week’s Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry all stressed the importance of girls’ education and women’s leadership. "This is where Africa’s future
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