Street Child’s Sierra Leone Country Director Kelfa Kargbo provided comment to an important article in the Times Educational Supplement last week which focused on the growing impact of School closures.
Educationalists, including Street Child, are increasingly concerned that the missing of an entire academic year in Sierra Leone and perhaps Liberia, now appears inevitable - and that the terms missed already may result in some children never returning to their studies. Kelfa cited the examples of teenage girls being drawn into exploitative professions, such as the commercial sex trade, or teenage pregnancy preventing girls returning to School.
Street Child continues to work hard to ensure that when we are able to re-open schools, communities are prepared and children are ready and able to go back to school. Street Child continues to to pay teachers and other education project staff to ensure continued engagement and sensitisation towards education is a major part of our work to tackle the long-term impacts of this crisis. In January we still plan to commence a major rural school building and refurbishment programme.
Street Child also received praise in the article for their work in Ebola education, having assigned 1,000 teachers a village each to educate, which they visit daily. It is expected that we will have 2,000 Ebola educators in the field by the end of December.
To read the full article click here.
Gaby also did a related piece, featuring quotes from Tom Dannatt, focussing on the impact on education for the New Internationalist in October. Click here to read the article.