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Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in West Africa.

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Girls Speak Out On...

...income Poverty

During our girls’ consultation, overwhelmingly, the biggest barrier to education identified by the girls was poverty. In fact, income poverty underlines all the issues that we have been sharing with you during our appeal. Read the stories of some of the girls impacted by poverty. 

Adama, Waterloo

Last year during the time when Ebola came, I lost my mother and my father to the disease and I’ve been unable to continue at school.

I’m 18 years old and I have four younger sisters and a brother aged between 2 and 15 years old.

I’m the only one here to look after them.

When my mother and father died of Ebola there was no one to do anything for us. I went to talk to the man who owned the place we were living with my parents to ask if he would give us a chance to stay. But he said no. Then he came and drove us out.

Click here to read Adama's full story

 

 

...teacher accountability

Hear from teachers Florence, Yelie and Rugiatu on why girls aren't in school and the importance of teacher accountability. Teaching standards was listed as one of the top 5 barriers to girls' education. 

Florence

Girls’ education is important because when you educate a girl you have educated many people, in fact you have educated the nation.

There are many reasons why girls aren’t in school: lack of materials, death of a parent, child labour, poor teaching methods, secret societies. The main problem is poverty because of poverty the parents cannot afford to send their children to school. Because of poverty the girls have to go out and find money to educate themselves. 

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it costs just £50 to train a teacher

...social support

Hear from Mariam, Hannah, Beatrice and Kadiatu on how a lack of support in pressure moments and times of crisis can drive a girl from school or even from her home and the importance of social support.

MARIAM, Waterloo 

After this Ebola crisis, people didn’t want their children to go to school because they felt there was no guarantee that if their children went to school they would come back safe. Parents were afraid. But we talked with them and discussed the reality with them, encouraging them to allow your children to go to school.

At that time, I was working with a girl who lost both parents. She was so discouraged and never wanted to attend school again.

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£50 allows our social workers to teach a community the value of girls’ education

...parental attitudes

MARIAMA, 18 years-old

I despair of the situation. I want to advocate to make sure that girls stay in school. If girls and their families are aware that education is important they will have the zeal to make sure they’re in school. 

People in this community do want to help and people can learn the importance of supporting girls through school. But if we don’t reach out to them for help, if we don’t try to help them change, then it will never happen.

Click here to read Mariama's full story. 

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IT COSTS JUST £20 A MONTH TO HELP US SETUP A FAMILY BUSINESS WITH A SECURE INCOME SO GIRLS CAN GO TO SCHOOL INSTEAD OF WORKING TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES

...Teen Pregnancy

REBECCA, 18 years-old

Then Ebola came. It took my mother. I lost my sister. I lost my Uncle.

So I was already feeling like I had little hope. And then I fell pregnant. And the guy who got me pregnant denied it was him. He’s gone now and I’m left on my own to look after my son by doing small jobs here and there. People might give me Le3000 [40p] and then I can buy some food...

...if my mother had found the money or my father had been able to get work, I swear to God, I would have taken my education so seriously. I feel that so strongly. But if you have nothing, what are you going to do?

Click here to read Rebecca's full story.

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                                                                                        Click the image to read Marie's story

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It costs just £40 a month to help us support a girl mother back to school while we work with her family to create a secure income for their future