About Street Child.
Who We Are.
121 million school-aged children are currently out of education world-wide. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn. Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty.
Where We Work.
Street Child prides itself on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places where others won’t, including remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states.
What We Do.
We recognise that the barriers to education are complex and interlinked, and our projects focus on a combination of education, child protection and livelihood support to address the social, economic and structural issues that underpin today’s education crisis.
Wherever we work we partner with local organisations and communities and take an outcome-led approach. We use evidence to drive learning and the constant refinement and scale-up of programmes that create maximum impact for the most children at the lowest cost.
What We Do.
Globally, millions of children live, sleep or survive on the streets - because of conflict, crisis or poverty. Without support, they face danger and violence and are a long way from going to school.
Street Child was started in 2008 to help street children in Sierra Leone who were in this situation. Our work began with a single project for 100 street children in Makeni, Northern Sierra Leone.
Since then, we have become experts in child protection and have helped thousands of street children to find a safe home and go to school.
But we aren't stopping there.
With your help, we want to support thousands more children off the streets and into school. We want to give thousands more children the chance of a brighter future.
From rural areas that have never had a school to classrooms that have been destroyed because of disaster or conflict, millions of children are unable to go to school across the world today simply because there are no schools for them to go to.
For children who are in school, many schools are not good enough quality with hundreds of students per classroom, a lack of toilets, sanitary facilities, capable teachers or adequate learning materials.
Parental and community attitudes can often also hold back children's education, especially for girls from late primary-school age and upwards, stopping them from going to school or making them earn a living for the family instead of getting an education.
We work with communities to build schools, train teachers, promote the importance of education and ensure that all solutions are sustainable long-term.
Building schools in rural communities is at the heart of our education work. We began in 2010 building 'first-ever schools' for some of the most remote communities in the highly rural Tambakha Chiefdom in northern Sierra Leone. Since then, we have broadened our work to include: building and setting up schools in disaster- or conflict-impacted areas in Nepal and Nigeria. Between 2010 and 2017, Street Child built or repaired over 400 schools.
Street Child also work to improve the quality of teaching and schools. In Sierra Leone we have built high-quality classrooms to help reduce overcrowding in secondary schools and we are working to improve the quality of education in schools across rural Liberia.
We also train teachers. From 2010 to 2017 we supported over 400 teachers to complete Government-recognised training courses and over 500 teachers have benefitted from major in-service training and continuous professional development programmes - and many more from shorter, more specialised interventions on topics such as 'disaster risk resilience' and 'education in emergencies'.
Where attitudes prove an obstacle to education, Street Child staff advocate at community and household levels to promote the rights of all children to education - and the importance of on-going parental and caregiver support to a child's academic progress. Street Child also trains and supports communities in managing and holding to account their own schools.
For so many of the families we work with, the cost of education is a high barrier. Simple household poverty keeps millions of children out of school, a tragic pattern which, unless broken, has the potential to self-repeat endlessly.
In 2016 we asked 2000 girls across Sierra Leone about the barriers to education. The girls identified poverty as by far the biggest barrier.
Yet education has the power to transform lives and reduce poverty. In fact, if all children left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of extreme poverty.
That’s why our livelihoods programmes are a critical part of our work helping children getting into, and staying in, school.
Children In Emergencies.
Natural disasters and wars have the most brutal impact on children - whose futures can be turned upside down as they are forced to flee their homes, see their loved ones killed or injured, their schools closed and even face the risk of being recruited into fighting forces.
Up to a third of the world's out of school children live in disaster and conflict-affected countries - a percentage that is rising annually.
Out of school children is Street Child's primary issue. This is why education in emergencies is a priority area for Street Child.
Despite everything only 2% of all humanitarian funds are presently spent on education.
In all emergency programming, Street Child works closely with the UN/IASC Education and Protection Cluster structures.
In conflict-impacted North East Nigeria, we are presently operating learning centres in internally displaced persons (IDP) settlements. In Abuja, we are supporting IDP mothers from the North East so they can better afford the costs of education through livelihoods support.
In the immediate aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal we worked with UNICEF and local NGOs to distribute school materials and construct temporary learning centres (TLCs). Over the course of 2016 and 2017 we have worked with UNICEF and other partners to construct over 400 classrooms in villages hit by the earthquake.
When Ebola began to fade in Sierra Leone and Liberia in early 2015, Street Child played a massive role in the nationwide post-Ebola school re-opening processes, working alongside UNICEF, governments, other charities and communities to re-open schools as quickly as possible. We refurbished schools, equipped them with essential Ebola-safety hygiene materials and distributed livelihood support and cash grants to cover school charges - altogether helping over 45,000 children safely return to school in 2015.