What We Do: Educating Children.
From rural areas that have never had a school, to classrooms that have been destroyed because of disaster or conflict, millions of children are unable to go to school across the world today simply because there are no schools for them to go to.
For children who are in school, many schools are not good enough quality with hundreds of students per classroom, a lack of toilets, sanitary facilities, capable teachers or adequate learning materials.
Parental and community attitudes can often also hold back children's education, especially for girls from late primary-school age and upwards, stopping them from going to school or making them earn a living for the family instead of getting an education.
What We Are Doing:
We work with communities to build schools, train teachers, promote the importance of education and ensure that all solutions are sustainable long-term.
Building schools in rural communities is at the heart of our education work. We began building 'first-ever schools' in 2010 for some of the most remote communities in the highly rural Tambakha Chiefdom in northern Sierra Leone. Since then, we have broadened our work to include building and setting up schools in disaster or conflict impacted areas in Nepal and Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2017, Street Child built or repaired over 400 schools.
Street Child also work to improve the quality of teaching and schools. We have built high-quality classrooms to help reduce overcrowding in secondary schools in Sierra Leone, and we are working to improve the quality of education in schools across rural Liberia.
We train teachers. From 2010 to 2017, we supported over 400 teachers to complete Government-recognised training courses and over 500 teachers have benefited from major in-service training and continuous professional development programmes - and many more from shorter, more specialised interventions on topics such as 'disaster risk resilience' and 'education in emergencies'.
Where attitudes prove an obstacle to education, Street Child staff advocate at community and household levels to promote the rights of all children to education - and the importance of on-going parental and caregiver support to a child's academic progress. Street Child also trains and supports communities in managing and holding to account their own schools.
Street Child supports schools to find ways of paying teachers and affording the costs of education by helping communities grow their income.
Since 2013, we have provided over 100 school management committees with agricultural grants and technical support to develop rice farms and seed lending schemed where the projects made following harvest help to meet educational costs.
Stories From Our Work.
Nick Hewer - Standing up for every child’s right to learn
Street Child are proud to announce our most ambitious goal ever: an unprecedented initiative to transform learning prospects in 1,000 schools, for over 100,000 children, in rural parts of Sierra Leone, by the year 2023. Learn more about our ambitious 1,000 schools project here.
Street Child patron Nick Hewer visited Sierra Leone in May 2018 to see the start of the work on our 1,000 schools project - supporting children and schools across Sierra Leone and visit the school he supported and named after his grandson - Freddie Hewer. Discover how you can name a school in Sierra Leone here.
Kadiatu - The girl who will become a doctor in Sierra Leone
"My name is Kadiatu and one day I will be a doctor in Sierra Leone."
10 year old Kadiatu lost her father to Ebola and her family could no longer afford to send her to school. Street Child supported Kadiatu to return to school as part of our Girls Speak Out programme helping girls in Sierra Leone and Liberia to go to school.
"They gave me a new bag, pencil, ruler book. I'm very grateful. When I am older I want to be a doctor and mend sick people."
How You Can Help:
If you're looking to support our schools work, £200 could cover a rural teacher's salary for a year - that's just £15 a month! If you are interested in supporting the construction of a whole school or helping to setup a seed bank, please get in touch with our Philanthropy Team.