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Complementary Basic Education Programme


Complementary Basic Education (CBE) is School for Life’s flagship program. 

The program is aimed at giving out of school children beyond school starting age an opportunity to attain basic literacy and numeracy in their mother tongue.  The program has been in operation since 1995, and benefited over 350,000 children and their families.

Community based classes, led by volunteer facilitators for a maximum of 25 students between the 8-14 years of age, held over nine months, teach basic functional literacy and numeracy skills in the mother tongue of students. 


Following the program, approximately 80% of SfL graduates transition into the formal school to continue their education, entering school between P3-P6 depending on ability.

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