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TRAINING TEACHERS IN NIGERIA IN EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES

In North-East Nigeria, millions of children and families have been forced to flee their homes following conflict, leaving thousands of children out of school. In partnership with the Nigerian Gender, Equality, Peace and Development Centre, Street Child are establishing a temporary learning centre in Maiduguri giving 300 children the chance to go to school.

As part of the programme, 10 facilitators from nearby communities are training in Education in Emergencies so they are ready to provide basic education and life skills to cope with emergencies.

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FIGHTING THE LEGACY OF EBOLA WITH SPEED SCHOOLS

During the Ebola crisis, schools were closed and some students missed out on two years of schooling. Many children have not been able to return to education because they lost their main family breadwinner to Ebola. 

Street Child has implemented a new programme in Liberia to combat this issue. In collaboration with Geneva Global, a philanthropic consulting company, and funded by the Luminos Fund, the six-month programme teaches a condensed curriculum of Grades 1 and 2 in a Speed School.

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PARTNERING TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS IN LIBERIA

In September 2016, Street Child of Liberia took over the administration of 12 primary schools in two rural counties in Liberia. Working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, almost 3,500 students started the new school year at schools run by Street Child.

Assessments conducted halfway through the school year have been very encouraging. Effecting change takes time, but significant progress has been made in Street Child schools. The team began with simple solutions that could be effectively implemented across all 12 schools, and we have seen great results. We’ve been focusing on the impact of local context, school environments and barriers to education.

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STREET CHILD HELPS GIRLS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

All the chairs in the classrooms are stacked up, and the children have gone home. The grounds in front of the school are empty, and the playground next door is quiet. But one group of girls is still in the classroom, busily studying into the afternoon.

These girls are all 17 and 18 year olds who have recently gone back to school after being out of school for a long time. They are working with a teacher to catch up on the lessons they have missed. This will allow them to go back into Grade Six instead of a lower class, where they might feel more self-conscious of their age, and therefore more likely to drop out again.

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WHY AREN'T SIERRA LEONE'S GIRLS GOING TO SCHOOL?

In the small West African country of Sierra Leone, 46% of girls and young women aged 15-24 do not know how to read and write.

In contrast, 72% of Sierra Leonean boys and young men are literate (UNICEF).

Isatu, who is now 17 years old, dropped out of secondary school in Year 8 because her family could not afford to keep her there. Year 9 is the last year of basic education in Sierra Leone, and her family knew they would not be able to afford the end of year exam.

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CELEBRATING TEACHERS ON WORLD TEACHER'S DAY

Street Child believe every child has a right to a quality education, since 2008 we have trained over 550 teachers in Sierra Leone and Liberia to improve teaching standards and ensure children are given the best opportunity for a bright future. In Nepal, we have begun training teachers on counselling techniques to help students cope with trauma post-earth quake and they will learn disaster risk reduction strategies.

This World Teachers Day we wanted to celebrate the amazing role of teachers in changing the lives of vulnerable children.

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STREET CHILD NEPAL: ONE YEAR ON

One year on from the Nepal earthquake which left 1 million children out of school and destroyed over 50,000 classrooms, Street Child is proud to reveal the progress of its work in the country’s worst affected communities.

The Nepal earthquake damaged schools, left thousands with life-altering disabilities and destroyed livelihoods. Street Child has been working hard to identify and protect the most vulnerable children.

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