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The mission of Ziman Foundation is to increase public awareness of the very low literacy rate and related problems, the qualitative and quantitative lack of educational resources through community outreach, and to develop financial and ongoing funding strategies to help solve these critical needs for highly motivated students in areas of Africa with extreme poverty. Overall, this foundation's primary role is to help for quality education to eradicate poverty in Africa.
Top goals of Ziman Foundation are:
1. Provide funding to build increasing number of new elementary schools (grade 1-6) in areas of Africa exhibiting extreme poverty.
2. Provide funding for an increasing number of graduate level scholarships in healthcare (e.g. nursing, pharmaceutical sciences, medicines), sciences maths and engineering to qualified and highly motivated students.
3. Provide funding for an increasing number of postdoctoral level fellowships for advanced knowledge acquisition and updates in healthcare, sciences, maths and engineering to qualified fellows.
The adjective "ziman" is used by the Gouro tribe (one the sixty tribes) of Ivory Coast (West Africa) to qualify "beauty" and simply means beautiful, elegant, sublime, etc...This foundation primarily aims to accomplish beautiful things/projects with anyone that appreciates beauty. Ziman Foundation (legally established on January 02, 2014 in Missouri, USA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focusing on raising funds to provide quality education to qualified and highly motivated but yet financially limited graduate level students and postdoctoral fellows and help fund the building of critically needed elementary schools (see related photos below and videos in our video gallery and slideshow of current catastrophic school conditions in Bouafle, Ivory Coast also known as Côte d'Ivoire).
Our long-term goal is to help eradicate the current extreme poverty in Africa. The relatively recent and prolonged period of civil war in the region had devastated major and vital infrastructures in countries such as Ivory Coast (est. literacy rate for male and female = 53% and 36%, respectively, life expectancy at birth= 47, infant mortality rate = 87 per 1000 live births). In this part of the world, the majority of people lives on less than $2 a day (1).
In a world that promises universal primary education, according toUnited Institute for Statistics (UIS), 115 millions children are excluded from School. Almost 1 in 5 (18%)of all primary school age are not in school (2). The greatest number of these children (approx. 45 millions) is in sub-Sahara Africa. According to UIS, only 2% of university students from sub-Saharan Africa go abroad in the hunt for knowledge and skills that will give them a competitive edge in the job market (3).
Solutions to these problems may be found in the following famous quotes:
“The times talk to us of so much poverty in the world and this is a scandal. Poverty in the world is a scandal. In a world where there is so much wealth, so many resources to feed everyone, it is unfathomable that there are so many hungry children, that there are so many children without an education, so many poor persons. Poverty today is a cry.” (Pope Francis, Meeting with Students of Jesuit Schools—Q&A, 6/7/13)
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837–1919) in her novel, Mrs. Dymond .
"Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right.... Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential."
"Literacy is not a luxury, it is a right and a responsibility. If our world is to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century we must harness the energy and creativity of all our citizens." -President Bill Clinton on International Literacy Day, September 8th 1994
The city of Bouafle (Ivory Coast, Africa) currently has 15 school districts in such alarming conditions. With various levels of donations for any purchasing power and corresponding "cool" and exotic perks to choose from, we're confident that you we can achieve our above top 3 goals for the next generations in Africa with more quality schools and graduation ceremonies such as the one on this side photo for a better world.
Please see also below a sample of our dream elementary schools. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
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1. Warwick, Paul Polak. The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers. (San Francisco, California: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2013)
2. Michael Bruneforth, Higher education in sub-Saharan Africa – A statistical portrait
UIS Workshop on education statistics. Windhoek, 17-21 October, 2010
3. UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Sub-Saharan Africa regional report.