Street Child Given Birthday Boost by UK Government

Street Child is today (21 November 2018) marking its 10th birthday by launching its most ambitious fundraising campaign to date.  The charity is celebrating a birthday boost to its appeal, as all public donations received between today and 21 February 2019, will be doubled by the UK Government. This will enable Street Child to ensure even more children go to school.

Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ campaign will highlight that there are 121 million school-aged children around the world who are not in education. It will also show how millions more are in school but fail to learn because the resources simply aren’t good enough. The charity is aiming to raise up to £2 million from the public, and is vowing to fight for a world where it is seen as unacceptable for a child not to be in education.

Street Child is asking the British public to join with the charity and be counted in transforming children’s lives by making a donation. The public’s donations to the campaign will be used to help children into education in some of the world’s toughest places. This support will include paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building schools. Match funding from the UK Government, of up to £2 million, will be used for similar work to help more children go to school and learn in Sierra Leone.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:

“Every time the British public reach into their pockets and donate to a UK Aid Match charity their generosity directly changes the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

“UK aid is proud to support Street Child and this partnership will mean that children across Sierra Leone can go to school and reach their full potential, instead of being on the streets. The tireless generosity of the British people means these children will have a future.”

Street Child’s CEO Tom Dannatt, commented: “It is vital that we provide children with access to education and the resources they need to learn, ensuring every child has the best chance of success. Street Child’s provides simple and sustainable solutions such as paying school fees, buying uniforms and learning materials, training teachers, refurbishing classrooms and building schools to ensure that children have access to education.”

“Through education we give children the skills and knowledge to build a better future.  The only way to ensure tomorrow is better than today is with education.”

For more information on Street Child’s ‘Count Me In’ appeal, please visit: www.street-child.co.uk/count-me-in

NOTES TO THE EDITOR

Street Child is an NGO that works in the world’s toughest places to help some of the most vulnerable children have access to education.

  • Street Child’s projects are designed to help ensure that children whose educational opportunities are at risk can sustainably access their right to a seat in the classroom.

  • Street Child is dedicated to empowering vulnerable children through education in some of the world’s toughest places. Since our launch in 2008, Street Child has given more than 200,000 children access to education.

  • Whether working with children on the streets, those in rural communities that have no schools, or in crisis areas where children’s ability to learn has been adversely affected, Street Child is committed to transforming lives through child protection and increased access to education with a core focus on sustainable responses.  

  • Street Child’s head office is in London.  It also has offices in Barcelona and San Francisco.

About UK Aid Match

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.

For every £1 given by the public to a UK Aid Match charity appeal, the government adds £1 from the UK’s international development budget.

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.

For more information, please visit ukaidmatch.org.

Contact:

Carol Flint – carol@street-child.co.uk - 07740 085187

Street Child is a registered charity in England & Wales no. 1128536

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