In a world of growing prosperity for many, without access to education, the gap between the most world’s most marginalised children and the rest will widen. Ensuring all children have access to education and the resources they need to learn is the most effective way of lifting their family, their community and their country out of poverty for good. Beyond just providing better employment opportunities, which increase income and reduce poverty, education also supports better health and creates independence, particularly by empowering girls to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives. In conflict situations education serves to promote peace and stability.
Here’s how your donation to Street Child’s Mind the Gap campaign will have double the impact with match funding from the UK government:
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Donations to our ‘Mind The Gap’ appeal will be used to help children into education in some of the world’s toughest places through support such as paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building schools. Match funding from the UK government will be used for similar work to help more of the most marginalised children go to school and learn in Sierra Leone.
Ensuring all children have access to education and the resources they need to learn is the most effective way of lifting their family, their community and their country out of poverty for good. Street Child works with local partners to deliver great value, simple and sustainable solutions to provide more children with access to education. These include tackling the direct barriers to education by paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building safe schools. But we also take a broader view of the issues that can prevent children going to school. We provide psycho-social support for children who need it and we empower low income families with training, grants and loans to set up or grow a sustainable business so they are able to afford to educate their children.
Meet Marie, Mariama and Sulaiman* who have all benefitted from our support:
"Before I could not go to school, because the school building had collapsed. It had been falling down for 6 or 7 years.”
With funds raised from Street Child’s ‘Right to Learn’ 2017 UK Aid Match appeal Marie’s school benefited from renovation work and Marie was able to return to school:
“Now I can enjoy school, I enjoy my teachers and my friends the most. Science is my favourite subject. One day I want to be a nurse."
“When I was pregnant I wasn’t allowed to go school. After Isatu was born I wanted to go back to school but I didn’t have enough money to pay for a school uniform or school books.”
With funds raised from Street Child’s ‘Right to Learn’ 2017 UK Aid Match appeal Mariama was able to return to school:
“I feel happy, really happy, to be back. I love maths and I am the best in the class. There are many disadvantages if you don’t have an education. I want my daughter to go to school and have an education like me.”
“In 2004, our school collapsed and I had to teach in the community centre. It was very challenging. We had no benches and no learning materials, no money for chalk or pencils. I had no means of illustrating the lessons I was trying to teach.”
With funds raised from Street Child’s ‘Right to Learn’ 2017 UK Aid Match appeal Sulaiman’s school was re-built and provided with learning materials.
“The new classroom makes me happy. Now I have better materials to teach. The new benches help the children learn and motivates them to come to school.”
*All names of beneficiaries have been changed to protect their identity.
UK Aid Match brings charities, British people and the UK government together to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.
Over the last five years 42 organisations from across the UK have run UK Aid Match projects in 27 developing countries, helping around 25 million people.
UK Aid Match gives everyone in the UK a say in how the UK’s aid money is spent. It boosts the impact of high quality projects that improve the lives of poor people in developing countries.