AFRICA - Half a million African children learn to read and write thanks to the initiative of other African girls

Thursday, 22 June 2017


Abidjan (Agenzia Fides) - The African Children and Young Workers Movement (MAEJT) has allowed the literacy of over half a million boys and girls in Africa. MAEJT was born in 1994, when a group of illiterate girls in Côte d'Ivoire, in extreme poverty and forced to work, began gathering and organizing themselves to claim their rights. They also drew up a Charter with 12 rights to be respected. Currently, this small initiative has become a self-sustained movement, present in 27 African countries, with over one million members and sympathizers. MAEJT deals with child protection in the face of ill-treatment and abuses committed in communities, promotes emotional support and social education for a future perspective, it also encourages schooling, literacy and health education for these groups . (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 22/6/2017)