“Upon completing construction of the school in my village in Africa, I realised that access to information was one of the key challenges facing the continent. Bringing books in from abroad was inefficient and the content was not appropriate for our audience in Africa. R:Ed was founded in 2014 and is the embodiment of the idea that the whole continent should have access to learning material that was created specifically for them and in conversation with them. But it is not just about access. We want to change the mindsets that restricted access to education in the first place.”
Dr. Susann Dattenberg-Doyle Queen of Gbi Kpoeta and Founder of Right for Education
Right for Education is a unique Pan-African movement, dedicated to educating and empowering people in over 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. We use the democratising power of the internet to connect and build a community of Africans who, like us, believe that the future is Africa’s!
All people have the right to integrate knowledge in the context of their own culture, so we make sure that all our learning materials are relevant and respectful of the diversity of African culture.
As the biggest, independent communicator in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Right for Education Foundation is solely concerned with issues regarding the African continent and its people. We believe that knowledge can strengthen society and inspire positive social change.
Our approach is unique, and we believe in two-way communication and an active approach to learning. We work to change beliefs and mindsets, ensuring that our work is based on cultural tolerance and listening to the messages we receive. Unconditional positive feedback creates an environment where people feel safe to contribute and share their opinion.
Since 2014, Right for Education Foundation has reached over 10 million Africans with digital learning content via our social media channels. Our E-Library consisting of hundreds of texts on topics such as business, health, and human rights, forms the basis of what R:Ed is about.
We work with expert authors from the world’s leading universities to provide online educational content that reaches millions of people, even in remote areas, across over 35 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Via our E-Library, we:
Publish content specifically written for our African audience. We give special regard to their values and culture and incorporate them in all of our work.
Provide information in both English and French.
Update our followers on new topics and new ideas.
We have so far reached over 10 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa directly.
Dr. Susann Dattenberg-Doyle reconnects with her school friend Gabi, who is about to be married to King Cephas Bansah, Togbui of Gbi Hohoe, Ghana. Susann decides to join Gabi in her mission to improve access to education in Ghana by building a school.
Inauguration of the school in Kpoeta. The school grows from the initial 24 children under a tree to a school with close to 1000 children. Other joint school projects in the Upper Volta region follow.
As a thank you for her personal and financial contribution to the community of Kpoeta. Dr. Dattenberg-Doyle is crowned Mama Ngoryisi Dziwornu 1. of Gbi Kpoeta, Ghana, Queen of Kpoeta, a hereditary title that will be passed on to her daughter.
Susann receives the NGO status for her work in the Upper Volta region of Ghana, and returns the school project to the government of Ghana.
Beginning of the NGO "I DO PHILANTHROPY" to distribute reading books to children 5-10 years old to remote areas in Africa. However, Susann realises that in order to reach a wider audience, the distribution of books must go beyond the logistical constraints that have often lead to the failure of such projects. The idea of an online library is born and R:Ed is now able to analyse and review when, where and how their content is being read.
Dr. Susann receives the title of Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, AFBPsS, as recognition of her "significant and distinguished contribution to the field of psychology through the application of specialist knowledge."
MAMA NGORISI DZIWORNU is invited to the Agboboza Ewe tribe festival of kings in Notse, Togo.
First internet book on the Ebola pandemic is published on the website.
Beginning of the Right for Education foundation as it stands today. A pan-African E-learning platform that publishes information material in English and French on subjects ranging from health, environment, economics, human rights, and business.
R:Ed identifies social media as main communication driver.
R:Ed reaches 3M followers in the first months of 2017 and is now growing at 100.000+ per week.