In 2010, Street Child launched a rural schools programme supporting 5 communities in the remote chiefdom of Tambakha. The project focuses on ‘first ever schools’ for some of the most remote parts West Africa, where children generally miss out on the opportunity to gain even the most basic literacy and numeracy skills.
We work with communities to construct basic schools and promote the importance of education. We then identify members of the community to undertake distance teacher training.
The project has grown over the past 3and a half years to support almost 400 teachers and has a presence in a total of 127 communities across Sierra Leone. As a result, Street Child has now created first ever access to education for over 17,000 children in rural communities.
In addition, our innovative sustainability initiatives are aimed at ensuring schools ability to fund teacher salaries and other expenses on an independent basis until the Government is in a position to take over.
Communities have been provided with agricultural grants and technical support to develop collective rice farms and seed lending schemes where the interest gained following harvest is sold to meet educational costs.
Last year, in recognition of our effective and rapid response to the West African Ebola crisis, Street Child was asked to work with local partners in Nepal to assist in re-establishing education in some of the country's worst-affected communities. Working with local partners, Street Child has constructed 40 temporary schools and 24 WASH facilities for 3,200 children in Okhaldhunga, one of the hardest to reach communities affected by the earthquake. Going forward, we will continue our support by building more permanent and earthquake resilient schools to ensure children have safe places to continue their education.
In March 2014 our charity supporter Nick Hewer (BBC's The Apprentice) went to Sierra Leone to learn more 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: