Posts tagged Liberia
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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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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POST-EBOLA LIBERIA: A NEW CHAPTER FOR EDUCATION

Hawa is going back to school this week. Her uniform is clean and her hair neatly braided. The excitement of the new term is felt far and wide as laughter, giggles and singing fills the school campus, when classes break for recess. “I’m so happy to be back in school and to see my friends,” she says with a big grin.

Just one year ago schools re-opened after being closed during the Ebola epidemic.

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IN LIBERIA THE SCARS OF EBOLA ARE EVERYWHERE, BUT THERE IS HOPE AMONG THE HARDSHIP

This blog post originally appeared in the Huffington Post, click here to read

It's one year since Liberia was first declared free of the Ebola virus. In Dolo's Town, one of the first places to be severely hit by Ebola, the news crews have gone home and people are trying to get used to a new normal.

For many, it's a way of life that they were not ready for.

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STREET CHILD LAUNCHES ‘GIRLS SPEAK OUT’ APPEAL WITH GOVERNMENT PLEDGE TO DOUBLE ALL DONATIONS

New Street Child appeal urges UK public to help give girls in West Africa the chance to fulfil their potential

18th April 2016: UK charity Street Child launches its Girls Speak Out Appeal today, aimed at helping to ensure that girls gain their right to an education in Sierra Leone and Liberia; public support for the appeal has the chance to go twice as far thanks to a pledge by the UK government to double all donations to the appeal.

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MORE THAN 20,000 CHILDREN BACK IN SCHOOL SINCE EBOLA THANKS TO STREET CHILD

As Street Child continues its enormous effort to help children return to - and be able to stay in - school after Ebola, the charity confirmed that it has now given direct financial assistance to over 20,000 in Liberia and Sierra Leone this year. We plan to help thousands more children back into school at the start of the new term in January.

In Sierra Leone, Street Child has financially assisted 17,241 children back into primary school and 1,266 into secondary school. In Liberia we’ve supported 1,500 Ebola-affected children into school.

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EBOLA DON DON! A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO TOM DANNATT

A message from our CEO, Tom Dannatt

It is with the greatest of relief that I write to share the long-awaited news, for those who have not heard it already, that today, Sierra Leone has hit the magic mark of 42 days with no new cases of Ebola and therefore officially joins Liberia in being declared . . . Ebola free!

Or to put matters in Krio: “Ebola don don!”

Of course Ebola has been coming progressively under control since early this year and the number of cases in recent months has been very low – but there is a world of difference between being ‘nearly Ebola free’ and actually ‘Ebola free’. It really is a day for celebration!

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STREET CHILD LAUNCHES LEGACY OF EBOLA APPEAL

Today marks the launch of our Legacy of Ebola Appeal, which aims to create a sustainable future for thousands of children affected by Ebola. 

In excess of 8,500 people have died of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia. At last, the virus seems to be on the wane. However, there is a parallel crisis raging across the region; one that is, sadly, far from over and yet has tragically faded from public view. 

In Sierra Leone and Liberia there have been around 20,000 children orphaned by Ebola. Many of these are still at risk of hunger, malnutrition and abuse. And there are thousands more children whose access to education is now critically at riskas a direct result of the disease.

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STREET CHILD HELPS 10,008 CHILDREN BACK TO SCHOOL

At the close of the first term after the traumatic nine-month school closure at the height of the Ebola crisis, Street Child is proud to reveal that it is has provided direct school support to over 10,000 Ebola-affected and street-connected children. Absent such support, these children were very unlikely to attend school, or if they had, their access would likely have been highly irregular.

5,580 of the children supported are Ebola Orphans – children who have lost at least one primary care-giver to Ebola. Adding in the 1,500 Ebola orphans Street Child has provided school support to in Liberia, Street Child has now helped over 7,000 children orphaned by Ebola return to school in West Africa.

All 10,008 children have received uniforms and stationary from Street Child.

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LIBERIA IS EBOLA FREE!

It seemed so far off in the horrific Monrovia days of September & October, when the dead and dying lay in the street but a remarkable decline in cases, beginning in the late Autumn finally culminated in Liberia going 42 days without Ebola on Saturday 10th May and therefore being declared Ebola free!

Chloe Brett, Street Child’s Liberia Programmes Director gave comment to the Guardian and an interview to Al Jazeera. Chloe, like everyone, expressed enormous relief and joy that the date had been successfully reached.

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EBOLA DEEPLY FEATURES WIDE-RANGING INTERVIEW WITH CEO TOM DANNATT

The highly respected specialist Ebola website, Ebola Deeply have published a broad ranging interview with Street Child CEO Tom Dannatt.

 Tom emphasizes the two distinctive and important contributions he feels that Street Child have made in the crisis:

1.      Supporting over 13,000 Ebola orphans in SL & Liberia

2.      Building an Ebola ‘education’ network that at its peak contained almost 2,000 educators, working house to house.

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