Street Child Calls on British Public to 'Mind The Gap'


Street Child is today (4 October 2019) launching its 5th UK Aid Match appeal and urging the British public to ‘Mind The Gap’!  Until 4th January 2020 all donations to Street Child’s appeal will be doubled by the UK government.

The appeal will highlight how 125 million children worldwide are being left behind because they are not in education and how we can help close the gap.  A donation of £15, doubled to £30 by UK Aid Match, covers the school fees, uniform and learning materials for a child meaning one more child can go to school.

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.

Street Child’s CEO Tom Dannatt, commented: “In a world of growing prosperity for many, without access to education, the gap between the world’s most marginalised children and the rest will widen. We need to do more to support the most vulnerable children: girls; children from the poorest families; children with disabilities; those living in conflicted areas.  These children are amongst the least likely to gain an education. Please support Street Child so we can help more children to learn and to break the poverty cycle in which so many find themselves.”

Sarah, Duchess of York, Street Child patron said: “I am delighted that once again UK Aid is supporting Street Child - all public donations made before 4th January to Street Child’s ‘Mind The Gap’ campaign will be doubled by the UK government. This means that a donation of £15, will be doubled to £30 -  this will cover the school fees, uniform and learning materials for a child.  125 million children globally don’t go to school and are being left behind.  We need you to help us close the gap!”

For more information on Street Child’s ‘Mind The Gap’ appeal, please visit:



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 250,000 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.

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Carol Flint – - 07740 085187 

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

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