ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa

United Kingdom

Who we are

Created in 2016, ESSA is a UK registered charity advocating and actively working for more systematic cooperation and investment in the Tertiary Education space. Our aim is to join up inform, inspire and increase impact for everyone investing in education in sub-Saharan Africa. ESSA’s work is framed by SDG 4 and the Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025 (CESA).

With a billion more people on the continent within a generation, quality Tertiary Education will be a main driver of socio-economic transformation, if young people can find or create work, and if their education allows them to do so. ESSA supports educational institutions to be more aware of the needs of employers and engages with business to work systematically about their contribution to bridge the gap towards education.

With African and non-African partners, ESSA co-designs and implements initiatives directed to tackling fundamental challenges in the tertiary sector. Our partners include governments, educational institutions and businesses within Africa and outside. We benefit from the support of world-class philanthropic institutions like the Robert Bosch Foundation, the MasterCard Foundation, the Jacobs Foundation and the Schaufler Foundation.

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Key facts:

Transformed educational outcomes for better access to work and a decent life in sub-Saharan Africa.

To collate and bring together the best of what governments, the education communities, research, donors, the private sector and civil society have to offer to improve Tertiary Education in sub-Saharan Africa in order to better fit the needs of the labour markets. It is to contribute bringing this practical knowledge to action and to capitalize on it, leveraging resources and expertise and to support the capacity and capability building which is needed to make this a reality.