Conflict in North East Nigeria has seen an active targeting of education, leaving millions of children deprived of the chance to go to school.
Street Child believes that education in emergencies should be an essential part of the humanitarian response. That is why we are working to re-establish education for 23,000 children across the three north-eastern states in Nigeria which are worst-impacted by the ongoing conflict.
Operating through an integrated child protection and education approach, we work with our local partners and the community to provide clear support networks to make children feel safe and protected and to give them a chance to go to school and learn.
Temporary Learning Centres.
Street Child along with local partners have now constructed 60 Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) across 30 communities in North East Nigeria. For some children, this is their first opportunity to enter a classroom in over three years, and for some this is their first opportunity they have ever had to go to school.
In close consultation with the Nigerian Ministry of Education, Street Child has developed a curriculum appropriate to the emergency context that is being taught in the Temporary Learning Centres across north-eastern Nigeria.
This curriculum includes literacy, numeracy and important life skills including hygiene promotion, and landmine risk awareness.
Child Friendly Spaces.
After academic lessons have finished for the day, Street Child’s Temporary Learning Centres (TLC) become Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS).
The CFSs are staffed by trained community facilitators who deliver recreational activities and peer group discussions on topics such as good hygiene and gender-based violence.
These spaces mean the children can play together in a safe and secure environment, skipping, running, playing with building blocks, they get to be children again.