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We’re taking responsibility

At Kaplan, we take being socially responsible as an organisation very seriously. We believe in the power of education, and educational institutions, to change the world for the better.

We believe that everyone, no matter who you are or where you were born, should have access to a good education. Every life transformed and improved through education contributes that little bit extra to transforming and improving the world.

Our work with Plan International

Since 2013, Kaplan has been working with Plan International UK to help deliver better educational opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a global education company, we wanted to support Plan International in enabling people in difficult circumstances to unlock their potential.

 Senegal

Girls helped:

1,000

Schools involved:

16

Community members indirectly benefiting:

12,000

In Senegal, there are many challenges that girls face when trying to get an education. Despite education being compulsory and free up to the age of 16, 60% of 5-14-year-olds don’t attend school. For girls, cultural pressures, early marriage and housework can often play a big role in keeping them away from the classroom.

Giving girls an equal opportunity to participate in education is hugely important. It’s the right thing to do, but it also makes economic sense, particularly in countries that are held back by poverty. Ensuring that girls get a good education means that a wider section of society can play a role in economic development.

Kaplan’s funding has helped Plan International to support 1,000 girls, aged 9-16, across 16 schools in Senegal in improving their education. This will have a big effect on 12,000 local community members, who will benefit from having a better educated younger generation with important skills and knowledge.

Sierra Leone

New female teachers:

483

Years of teacher training:

3

Rural districts to benefit:

5

In Sierra Leone, girls often face a difficult road to a good education. Only a quarter of girls are still in education by the end of primary school, and those who do stay on can be discouraged by the male-dominated environment.

This is further confounded by a lack of female teachers, with only 16% and 8% of teachers being women in primary and secondary schools respectively. Female teachers can better connect with young girls, and serve as role models; pupils see in their teachers what is possible in their own lives.

With support from Kaplan, Plan International is working to give 483 young women in Sierra Leone the chance to become teachers. With preparation from the Forum of African Women Educationalists, they will receive training and gain classroom experience in an approach developed by the Open University.

Find out more about life as a female teacher in Sierra Leone by watching Mamie’s story.

Responsible partnerships

Year on year, it becomes increasingly apparent that companies, governments and societies must be environmentally aware. A better, cleaner environment is not only crucial to sustaining life on the planet; it has also been shown to improve educational outcomes.

We are partnered with...

4 of the 7 most sustainable universities in the UK

People & Planet University League

9 universities ranked 2:1 or better for sustainability

People & Planet University League

We like to think that our partnerships reflect our belief in a sustainable future. 65% of our university partners are ranked as a 1st or 2:1 by the respected People & Planet University League, which ranks universities based on their sustainability.

Two of our partners, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Brighton, are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively.

Despite these great achievements, there is still much more to be done. Developing a sustainable approach to business, growth – and education – is hugely important to everyone.

Our future plans

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we’re not going to stop there. We’re committed to aiding Plan International in the fantastic work they carry out, and will be supporting the Sierra Leone project through to its completion in 2019. Our aim now is to continue working towards a more sustainable future, and helping to extend better education to communities across the globe.

Find out more about Kaplan International Pathways.