All children have the right to attend school without physical, social, or economic barriers. Street Child creates inclusive, safe, secure, and sustainable schools and learning spaces which allow children to access stable, supportive relationships and routines, and acquire socioemotional skills.
From rural areas that have never had a school, to classrooms that have been destroyed because of disaster and conflict, millions of children are unable to go to school simply because there are no physical spaces in which they can receive an education.
We work in partnership with local communities to help build, renovate and resource schools around the world. Since June 2008, we have supported over 682 schools and 1,955 classrooms via construction or renovation. Additionally, we have constructed 466 temporary learning spaces in emergency contexts to create safe learning environments for children affected by conflict and disaster.
To create a long-term investment in education, Street Child offers support to families through our Family Business for Education programme, currently being expanded across the more than 22 countries in which we operate. This approach supports families through a combination of training, cash grants, and mentoring, accompanied by incentivised savings schemes. Helping families establish a steady income encourages children to attend school rather than working to support the family and additionally, many children feel more comfortable attending classes if they are equipped with the correct supplies and uniform.
In Sierra Leone, this programme has been a huge success. After one year, 95% of businesses were still running, 98% of children were still in school and 80% of families were meeting their maximum saving targets.
Street Child’s non-formal education programme aims to support children as they transition into formal education. Non-formal education spaces, including temporary learning spaces, provide children with the opportunity to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills. They also create an important safe space for recreation and socialising with other children. These spaces are vital in conflict areas.
In Nigeria, our temporary learning spaces supported 20,000 conflict-affected children where 83% of the children passed their exams and successfully transitioned into formal schooling. Additionally, in Uganda, the ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme enrolled 2,980 children, with 2,103 of these children transitioning into formal education by March 2022.
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