Every Child in School: doubling your donations with UK Aid
From 18th March – 17th June 2014, Street Child entered into a partnership with the UK Government to launch a national appeal in support of out-of-school children in West Africa. During the life of our appeal all donations from the public were doubled by the government, giving us a fantastic opportunity to help more children than ever before.
Five Barriers to Education
Every Child in School raised funds and awareness for children who are denied their basic right to education due to the five principal barriers to education that exist within the countries that we work.
Education is the defining factor of any child’s ability to develop, it offers them the chance to empower themselves and the tools they require to craft a more positive future.
Street Child’s projects are designed specifically to combat these barriers; with the help of our supporters we were able to ensure that thousands of children who were not previously getting the chance to go school gained access to that basic human right.
In March 2014 Nick Hewer went to Sierra Leone to learn how our Family Business Scheme tackles poverty, the main barrier to education in the urban areas in which we work.
Watch Nick's experience below, showing how we lift families from poverty by helping them gain a reliable source of income and therefore a more sustainable home life.
Tackling Stigma and Marginalisation
In April we sent a team of nine Every Child in School ambassadors on a dream journey from Liberia to compete in the Street Child World Cup in Brazil...
Team Liberia are a group of former street children who traveled from the streets of Monrovia to compete in the Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. Scoring some impressive wins against South Africa and Egypt, our players lost out in the quarterfinals in an incredibly close match against home team Brazil. They have now been welcomed home to Liberia as heroes and are acting as our in-country ambassadors to raise awareness for Street Child’s vital work. Read about this amazing group of young Liberians via our blog.
Here in the UK, we kicked up a (Twitter) storm on Saturday April 12th to celebrate International Day for Street Children. We asked you to spread our Every Child in School message by retweeting us – and you did. With your support and that of our high profile ambassadors, amongst them charity supporter Stephen Fry, we managed to reach out to over 10 million people. Please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to help spread the message further!
Tackling a Lack of Schools
While in Sierra Leone Nick Hewer also learnt about our rural schools projects, created to help out-of-school children in some of the most remote parts of the world. Watch his journey below:
Tackling a Lack of Teachers
As well as building schools in remote areas, we are committed to ensuring that all teachers on our projects are adequately trained and fairly paid. To find out more about why teacher training is so important, read this fantastic article by journalist Gabriella Józwiak about our work in Tambakha, Northern Sierra Leone; a region where in 2009 there were only 3 schools but where Street Child has helped build over 50 schools and supported almost 5,000 children into an education. And with the funds raised during our appeal, we aim to expand this effort across our projects in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
Tackling Gender Inequality
In May we were delighted to publish a 2-page article by award-winning journalist Gabriella Józwiak in The Independent, featuring an incredibly moving story about one of Street Child of Liberia's beneficiaries: a 16-year-old girl called Princess who, following years of brutality and hardship living on the streets with her young daughter, is now being supported by our amazing new team in Liberia. Read the full article here.
We also started up brand new ‘Second Chance’ literacy and numeracy classes using funds raised from our appeal, which for the first time are being specifically run for girls. These classes provide an alternative support route for teenage girls identified on the street who have missed out on the chance to go to school, and will help 475 girls in 15 locations across the country. By acknowledging that the needs and issues faced by girls on the street differ in many ways from those of boys, it is hoped that these new female only classes will provide an attractive girl-friendly environment in which they can develop these vital skills and improve their future.