The CanEducate charity has expanded to Zambia, providing educational sponsorships to 60 at-risk children living near Barrick’s Lumwana copper mine. The sponsorships will cover tuition and school uniforms for these students who live in remote communities in northwest Zambia, where access to education is a major challenge. “The cost of tuition and uniforms is out of reach for many families, leading to many students being turned away from secondary schools,” says David Elliot, a member of CanEducate’s Board of Directors and Vice President of Barrick’s global copper business unit.
CanEducate is a non-profit organization that supports education for impoverished children in developing countries whose goal is to help increase the number of children who receive an education. The organization was independently created by Barrick employees.
In 2012, CanEducate sponsored nearly 1,500 students in Tanzania. The organization has also implemented the Barrick Gold Scholarship in honor of former Chief Operating Officer Peter Kinver. The scholarship is given annually to a student enrolled in the Master of Science in Mining Engineering program at the University of Zambia.