Empowering vulnerable children in Africa through the natural language of play and the creative art
The Sun Bird Arts program is a core program of the Caravan of Joy that works specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa with vulnerable children and communities, through partnerships with local artists, educators, and Ministries to enhance opportunities for arts education.
Programs: Artists in the Schools, After School Arts and Play Program, Team Joy Workshops, Community Holiday Programming
The program has been implemented in 8 African countries, including:
8 of the 10 countries with the lowest pre-primary net enrolment rates in the world are in sub-Saharan Africa. [1 ]
Sub-Saharan Africa currently faces the world’s worst shortage of primary school teachers. In Ghana, the average teacher has 57 pupils. [2 ]
15 million African children between the ages of 6 and 11 will never attend school in their lifetime. [3 ]
 The Africa-America Institute (2015). State of Education in Africa Report 2015.
 Kazeem, Y. (2016). “African countries are facing the world’s worst teacher shortage.” Quartz Africa.
 Gallagher, K. (2017). “10 Important Facts about Education in Africa.” The Borgen Project.