New $230,000 grant from the ‘Education Cannot Wait’

As a key player in an international coalition that includes Plan International, Save the Children and UNICEF, Street Child will has been granted $230,000 by Education Cannot Wait in order to provide safe and equitable access to education to conflict-effected children in the Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States of North East Nigeria.

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FREETOWN MUDSLIDE: ONE YEAR ON

Today marks one year on from the devastating flooding and mudslides in Freetown.

On Monday 14th August 2017 an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a two-mile trail of destruction – flattening everything in its path. 

Street Child was one of the first major agencies to launch an emergency appeal.

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FOCUS ON OUR ABILITIES, NOT OUR DISABILITIES

I live in remote, rural Kambia District in Sierra Leone.  Polio as a child left me with a physical disability, and I was later inspired to found a rights-based, social movement for other persons with disabilities.  The Welfare Society for the Disabled, known locally as WESOFOD, now counts 360 members with disabilities. We speak with a united voice when we say: Focus on our abilities and not on our disabilities!  

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CHILDREN IN CRISIS TO JOIN FORCES WITH STREET CHILD

As we approach the 10th anniversary of Street Child, we are entering an exciting new phase in our journey as a leading international development NGO.  In recent years we have developed a close relationship with a charity called Children in Crisis which, like us, focuses on education in the world’s toughest environments.  Street Child are delighted to announce today that Street Child and Children in Crisis have formally joined forces, with Children in Crisis becoming a subsidiary of Street Child.

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STREET CHILD CEO STATEMENT ON OXFAM AND HAITI

The Oxfam/Haiti affair has horrified us all. Sex in aid is a real issue and everyone needs to work harder on this. I believe Street Child systems and culture are already robust in this area but Street Child trustees and management are reviewing them in light of the recent revelations. If you would like further details on what we are doing, please do get in touch. 

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FREETOWN 6 MONTHS ON: STREET CHILD STUDY SHOWS 44% OF VICTIMS OF VICTIMS HAVE NO INCOME

Our latest report shows that over half of families impacted by the mudslide still have no source of income. Following a survey of over 300 households, Street Child discovered that 44% of families affected by the flooding and mudslide have no current source of income – a drastic increase from the 5% of households who were in this position prior to the mudslide. 

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“1,000 SCHOOLS" PROJECT FOR RURAL SIERRA LEONE – STREET CHILD'S BIGGEST PLAN

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.

Street Child will seek to mobilise £10 million over the next three to five years to address the calamity of entire generations growing up in villages where no effective education provision exists and for whom very minimal, if any support, is presently available – a state of affairs, which, tragically, exits in hundreds of villages in every corner of Sierra Leone.

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COPING WITH CONFLICT: SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES CURRICULUM FOR NIGERIA

Emergency education interventions often involve building temporary classrooms, until schools reopen or are rebuilt. But a return to normality can take years – especially in on-going conflict. What children need to learn in an internally displaced people / refugee camp setting can be as much about dealing with trauma, understanding basic hygiene and landmine risk, as it is about basic reading and writing.

When Street Child arrived in North East Nigeria in late 2016, this was one of the key questions facing the local ‘education in emergencies working group’  (EiEWG) – consisting of international and local charities, as well as Government agencies.

 

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STREET CHILD LAUNCHES IN SOUTH EAST LIBERIA - THE FORGOTTEN CORNER OF LIBERIA

Liberia has the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world. In fact, it is currently expected to be the last country on earth to achieve universal education. The Southeast of the country has the worst education outcomes meaning children born in this region have the lowest chance in the world of learning to read and write.

Earlier this year, as part of the Partnership Schools for Liberia programme, Street Child began working with the Liberian Government to improve education quality in this forgotten region of Liberia. In fact, we are the only education NGO working in Maryland County – despite it having some of the worst education indicators in the world.

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