COINS Foundation are delighted to announce that after a public vote, followed by a review from the panel of judges we have been selected as one of the finalists for the Charity Film Awards 2019!

The chosen film “Educating the Future” was created by our social enterprise production company, Free Bird Film, for our charity partners PEAS (Promoting Education in African Schools) to highlight the importance of education. Just 1 in 3 Africans attend secondary education and PEAS are working closely with their partners and donors to expand access to quality education for future generations.

Their growing network of low-cost secondary schools in Sub-Saharan African provide quality education to over 16,000 children across Uganda and Zambia. Working closely with the local government, PEAS have successfully established a model that provides an education that helps young people lead fulfilling and socially responsible lives.

A child whose mother can read, is half as likely to die before the age of 5.

Over the years, COINS Foundation have worked closely with PEAS and have contributed to a total of 12 of their schools in Zambia and Uganda, either through the initial construction or the implementation of solar panels. As these schools are located near the equator it gets dark very early, which makes generating power in these rural areas hugely important. These solar panels have significantly improved PEAS students’ wellbeing – with light they feel much safer, they can study longer hours and access further learning resources after dark, such as computers.

Girls face even more barriers to secondary education, and PEAS focuses on supporting more girls to attend school. All schools reserve at least half their places for girls, and teachers are trained on how to support girls to thrive and find their voice in the classroom. By making education more affordable and accessible to all, educating the community on the importance of educating girls and tackling the challenges young girls face, PEAS is educating the next generation of women who will be able to create a better future for themselves and their families.

Each extra year of secondary education means a girl can earn up to 20% more, which is enough to take her family out of poverty.

A huge thank you to everyone who has voted for us and helped us to get this far, we look forward to having the opportunity to showcase our projects at the final on Friday 26th March 2019!

Voting has also now reopened to decide an overall winner throughout all categories, so please take a couple of minutes to cast your vote once more and help us to tell others about what we are trying to achieve.