I live in remote, rural Kambia District in Sierra Leone. Polio as a child left me with a physical disability, and I was later inspired to found a rights-based, social movement for other persons with disabilities. The Welfare Society for the Disabled, known locally as WESOFOD, now counts 360 members with disabilities. We speak with a united voice when we say: Focus on our abilities and not on our disabilities!Read More
Statistics show that of the one billion people around the world who have a disability, 800 million of them live in the developing world but planning of new inclusive education services is being hampered by a lack of reliable data on education and disability.Read More
As we approach the 10th anniversary of Street Child, we are entering an exciting new phase in our journey as a leading international development NGO. In recent years we have developed a close relationship with a charity called Children in Crisis which, like us, focuses on education in the world’s toughest environments. Street Child are delighted to announce today that Street Child and Children in Crisis have formally joined forces, with Children in Crisis becoming a subsidiary of Street Child.Read More
Street Child was thrilled to see prominent education campaign promises translated into a series of very exciting policy pledges in President Bio's speech at the opening of Parliament this week in Sierra Leone.Read More
“It was more than disturbing” were the words that Jacob, our local programme manager in Nigeria, chose to describe the cramped conditions, mass malnutrition and lack of access to education that faced him when he first visited the two biggest Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camps in Biu, in north east Nigeria.Read More
Thank you to everyone who supported our ‘Right to Learn’ appeal this winter. We’re very excited to announce that together with UK Aid Match funding we have raised over £3 million for vulnerable children’s education in West Africa.Read More
The Oxfam/Haiti affair has horrified us all. Sex in aid is a real issue and everyone needs to work harder on this. I believe Street Child systems and culture are already robust in this area but Street Child trustees and management are reviewing them in light of the recent revelations. If you would like further details on what we are doing, please do get in touch.Read More
Our latest report shows that over half of families impacted by the mudslide still have no source of income. Following a survey of over 300 households, Street Child discovered that 44% of families affected by the flooding and mudslide have no current source of income – a drastic increase from the 5% of households who were in this position prior to the mudslide.Read More
Street Child are proud to announce our most ambitious goal ever: an unprecedented initiative to transform learning prospects in 1,000 schools, for over 100,000 children, in rural parts of Sierra Leone, by the year 2023.
Street Child will seek to mobilise £10 million over the next three to five years to address the calamity of entire generations growing up in villages where no effective education provision exists and for whom very minimal, if any support, is presently available – a state of affairs, which, tragically, exits in hundreds of villages in every corner of Sierra Leone.Read More
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.
35% of out-of-school children in the world live in conflict-affected countries. Street Child is increasingly working in areas of the world where health emergency (Ebola in West Africa), natural disaster (the Nepal earthquakes), or conflict (North East Nigeria) are preventing children from accessing education.Read More
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.Read More
On Friday 8th December the team in Liberia was delighted to attend the opening of the new Dawnus school building at C.H Henry Public School in White Plains, on the outskirts of the Liberian capital, Monrovia.Read More
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.Read More
This month a comprehensive inquiry by the House of Commons international development select committee called on the UK government to do even more to tackle the mounting global education crisis. Street Child wholeheartedly welcomes this call.Read More