Happy 60th birthday, CODE!

Photo Harlequin Studios

Staff at the NGO based in a  lovely Sandy Hill mansion at 321 Chapel St. gathered for an anniversary photo in early October. CODE (originally known as the Canadian Organization for Development through Education focuses on advancing children’s literacy and quality education in sub-Saharan Africa. They promote literacy by providing schools and community libraries with locally authored and culturally relevant books in over 20 languages. They also invest in teacher training, extracurricular programs and better infrastructure. An anniversary photo exhibit by photojournalist Peter Bregg, depicting the learning crisis in Sierra Leone, is making nine stops in six provinces this year, including at the Shenkman Arts Centre April 28 – May 7. For more information, visit

Pictured above, from left to right, are: Willy Rangira, Jude Anuebunwa, Clare McInnes, Peter Wallet, Emily Ridlington, Scott Walter, Andrea Helfer, Sharon Apsley, Fresnel Devalon, Laurie Tennian and Lynn O’Rourke.


Photo Peter Bregg, C.M.

Improving the quality of teaching is the single most important factor in raising educational outcomes. This is why the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals call specifically for a substantial increase in the supply of qualified teachers and more support for teacher education in developing countries. — CODE


Photo Peter Bregg, C.M.

Sub-Saharan Africa alone needs 17 million qualified teachers to fulfill the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of having universal primary and secondary education available to every girl and boy by 2030. This gap must be closed and it’s all about teacher effectiveness. — CODE