Our impact

Our life-changing work transforms education for children and communities across some of the most disadvantaged rural areas of Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

Over the last 30 years, Link has been working towards a world where the right to quality education is a reality for every child. We take a top-down and bottom-up approach to improve learner outcomes and education systems, helping communities to escape the cycle of poverty.

3,900
teachers and facilitators trained directly through Link’s projects in 2018-2019
477,300
children benefiting from Link’s projects during 2018-2019
800
schools worked with during 2018-2019
>35,500
community members involved in school management during 2018-2019

Our projects support governments and educators to adopt low-cost, sustainable methods to improve learning and support for all children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised.

To make sure we’re doing the best possible work towards achieving our goals, we’re committed to monitoring and evaluating the impact of our activities. This also allows us to react to changing circumstances, adapt to local contexts and continuously improve our work to make a real and lasting difference.

Where we’ve made a difference

24%
increase in the number of schools across Dedza and Mchinji regions of Malawi that met or exceeded national standards for school self-evaluation and improvement
301%
increase in girls’ numeracy assessment scores, on average, during Link’s first girls’ education project in Ethiopia against the project’s targets when compared to non-project schools
20 hours
of individualised support for early years teachers in Buliisa and Hoima, Uganda, districts contributed to improvements in literacy skills for 4,795 learners
40%
more project schools met minimum standards for students’ learning outcomes according to findings at the end of our project in Rwanda

Link success stories

A former learner from Aketa Primary School, Uganda, who failed his Primary Leavers Exam in 2012 took over a small piece of family land to grow crops using techniques learned from Link’s project in his school. By selling his produce for two years he has been able to buy nine cows, sell them to buy three acres of his own land, get married and is building up a second herd of cattle. He is training three local men in the same techniques. I have rarely seen a headteacher so proud of a ‘failed’ learner or such a confident youth so full of ideas!
This mother in Ethiopia dropped out of school when she was in third grade, got married and had a baby. After joining one of Link’s Mother Groups to support her daughters, she was inspired to go back to school herself to get an education with the support of her husband. She is very encouraging of her daughters’ education and does not want them to get married early, urging them to stay in school.

Impact reports