Girls Speak Out Appeal.

 

In 2016 Street Child launched an appeal to help the thousands of girls across Sierra Leone and Liberia who were not being given the chance to go to school. We spoke to over 2,000 girls to discuss the issues preventing them from going to school and what could be done to impact upon them. Our research showed that there were five key barriers to girls' education: poverty, teenage pregnancy, loss of a caregiver, parental attitudes to education and poor teaching quality. 

Through the efforts of our media partners we were able to carry our message far and wide to help create a better future for thousands of vulnerable girls. Thanks to a massive response from the UK public, we were able to ensure that the voices of the brave girls involved in our project were as loud as they could be and as a result, we'll help ensure more than 20,000 gain the opportunity go to school and stay there.

Street Child wants to say a huge THANK YOU to appeal patrons and partners, the UK government as well as everyone across the UK who helped us create a movement that will ensure vulnerable girls’ voices are heard.

With your support, we have already... 

 

Setup catch-up classes for teenage girls in Liberia 

Over 73% of all Liberian children drop out between primary and junior high school. That’s why Street Child catch-up classes are so important. With the help of teachers and the Street Child social workers, our new catch up classes ensure girls can continue moving up the grade system and graduate as soon as possible – a goal to which they all aspire.

Given over 2,500 families business grants 

Poverty was identified as the biggest barrier to girls' education. Across Sierra Leone we have supported over 2,500 families with business grants and training so they can setup a businesses - the profits of which are enough to afford the costs of feeding and educating their children. On average, this small grant is enough to grow businesses by 42%!

Supported 117 teenage mothers to go back to school

Teenage mothers face additional challenges in returning to school, including the need for family support in childcare arrangements and the stigma faced within the classroom. We've given 117 teenage mothers intensive support packages, including advocacy at the family and community level and supplementary financial support. 

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Given 1,668 girls educational support to return to school

We identified 1,668 girls who were not attending school due to financial barriers have been provided with education support. With the cost of education identified as a major barrier to many girls completing primary school, each girl received a uniform, school bag, shoes, books and pencils and school fees. 

2,305 siblings have also received support after our social workers identified them of being at risk of dropping out during family mediation.

Provided on-going training and mentoring for 400 teachers

Initial workshops were held with all 400 selected teachers, covering core content delivery and classroom management skills. Since then, our 13 trained teaching specialists have been visiting each teacher a minimum of once per month to provide in-classroom support helping to improve the quality of education across schools in Sierra Leone. 

distributed learning materials to over 11,000 children

400 classrooms across Sierra Leone have been provided with basic teaching materials and their students with learning materials including pens, pencils and exercise books. 172 classrooms were also provided with additional desks and benches and 350 classrooms were given blackboards helping to improve the learning environment. 

Stories From Our Work.

 

Hawa, the aspiring lawyer who used to beg on the streets

Hawa is one of 15 siblings. Her father is blind. From the age of eight, instead of going to school, she spent her time begging on the streets.

A Street Child social worker met Hawa on the streets earlier this year. We gave Hawa education support so she could return to school. We also provided her family with a business grant so her mother could set up a sustainable business and support Hawa and her siblings to go to school.

“I want to say thank you to Street Child for what they have done. I want to be a lawyer so I can help the people of my country.”

Jenneh, the orphan who wants to be an electrician 

One of 15 brothers and sisters raised together in Makeni, Jenneh also counts as one of 3,000 children who lost both parents to Ebola. 

A Street Child social worker has helped Jenneh's grandmother to setup a business selling firewood. Jenneh's grandmother can now afford the costs of sending Jenneh to school. 

"My grandmother can buy my essential school materials like pens, books, and a new school uniform. Being back at school keeps me busy, I want to be a electrician! It’s a good vocation for a lady as I will stand a better chance than a man!”