The Learner Guide Programme is central to scaling CAMFED’s impact across Africa. It sees female school graduates —once themselves supported by CAMFED—return to their local school, volunteering as mentors and role models. Trained in delivering life and learning skills, as well as vital sexual and reproductive health information and psycho-social support, these young leaders work with schools, communities and district governments to deliver a life-skills and wellbeing curriculum, and keep vulnerable children in school. Learner Guides also provide a vital school-home link, connecting vulnerable children to additional support from school staff, the community and local services (education, health, social welfare). Learner Guides have a profound understanding of the psychology of poverty, because they have lived it, and by training new guides in communities we can unlock the potential of 5 million more girls by 2025. Deeply rooted in their school and community, Learner Guides understand the local challenges, inc. issues and pressures behind early pregnancy and child marriage. In return for their commitment, Learner Guides gain access to interest-free loans enabling them to start or grow local businesses, and they are eligible for an accredited qualification recognised by employers and teacher training institutions. This in turn creates the pipeline of trained teachers and future education leaders who are attuned to the needs of marginalized young people.