COPING WITH CONFLICT: SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN EDUCATION IN EMERGENCIES CURRICULUM FOR NIGERIA

Emergency education interventions often involve building temporary classrooms, until schools reopen or are rebuilt. But a return to normality can take years – especially in on-going conflict. What children need to learn in an internally displaced people / refugee camp setting can be as much about dealing with trauma, understanding basic hygiene and landmine risk, as it is about basic reading and writing.

When Street Child arrived in North East Nigeria in late 2016, this was one of the key questions facing the local ‘education in emergencies working group’  (EiEWG) – consisting of international and local charities, as well as Government agencies.

 

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Megan Lees-McCowan
STREET CHILD LAUNCHES IN SOUTH EAST LIBERIA - THE FORGOTTEN CORNER OF LIBERIA

Liberia has the highest proportion of out-of-school children in the world. In fact, it is currently expected to be the last country on earth to achieve universal education. The Southeast of the country has the worst education outcomes meaning children born in this region have the lowest chance in the world of learning to read and write.

Earlier this year, as part of the Partnership Schools for Liberia programme, Street Child began working with the Liberian Government to improve education quality in this forgotten region of Liberia. In fact, we are the only education NGO working in Maryland County – despite it having some of the worst education indicators in the world.

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Rebecca Ryan
LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS: THE JAIERI BAYAN TEXACO SCHOOL IN MAIDUGURI, NORTH EAST NIGERIA

Around 50,000 people live in the community of Jaieri Bayan Texaco in the outskirts of the Nigerian city of Maiduguri, of which 30,000 are children of school going age. The area’s population has vastly increased since the Boko Haram insurgency began in 2009; many of the community’s inhabitants are displaced people who have escaped the conflict to the relative safety of the state capital. Education in North East Nigeria is on the front line; Boko Haram means ‘Western education is forbidden’ and hundreds of schools have been burned, and hundreds of teachers killed.

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Megan Lees-McCowan
FREETOWN MUDSLIDES: 100 DAYS ON

Today marks 100 days on from the devastating flooding and mudslides in Freetown.

On Monday 14th August an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a two-mile trail of destruction – flattening everything in its path. 

Street Child was one of the first major agencies to launch an emergency appeal. Your incredible support meant we were able to respond immediately, providing emergency relief when it was needed most.

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CONGRATULATIONS TEAM SIERRA 260!

Congratulations to the Sierra 260 team for completing the extraordinary challenge of running all the way across Sierra Leone! All 14 friends have made the remarkable achievement of finishing 10 marathons in 10 days, running all the way from the Guinean border to Bureh Beach. To celebrate they have been enjoying a few well-earned beers by the sea.

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