The Parr

The Parr Program for 5-12 year old children: Ensuring completed primary education

  • Sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia together account for almost three quarters of children who do not attend school.
  • Success rates to grade 5 are low: below 75% in thirty of the ninety-one countries with data.
  • 46% of girls in the world’s poorest countries have no access to primary education.
  • Evidence shows that the cognitive skills required to make informed choices about HIV/AIDS risk and behaviour are strongly related to levels of education and literacy.
  • No country has ever achieved continuous and rapid growth without reaching an adult literacy rate of at least 40%.

Statistics confirm that The Human Salmon Foundation’s actions are coherent and complementary rather than duplicative and competitive. Many countries are “planned out” and need to get on with the implementation of plans that currently exist.

The Parr
As the small salmon called fry or parr matures, it develops vertical parr marks on the sides of its body which helps it to remain camouflaged from predators. Salmon parr remain in freshwater streams, feeding on aquatic insects and growing for many months or even years before migrating downstream to saltwater. These young fish now defend territories and develop feeding stations.