The founder of a UK campaign to promote education for girls in Africa has been awarded a major international prize.

Ann Cotton, who launched the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), has been named as the WISE Prize laureate at an education summit in Qatar.

The project has worked with more than three million children in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

The principle behind the charity is that educating girls is the key to tackling poverty and improving health.

Camfed International, which began in 1993, supports girls in rural communities in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The campaign, based in Cambridge in the UK, provides bursaries to help girls stay in school, paying school fees or buying text books and uniforms.

Read the full article on BBC Online.

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