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Street Child UK

location_on United Kingdom

We work in some of the world's toughest places to help children go to school and learn.

We work with communities to build schools, train teachers, promote the importance of education and ensure that all solutions are sustainable long-term.

About the innovation

Standing up for every child’s right to learn.

Building schools in rural communities is at the heart of our education work. We began building 'first-ever schools' in 2010 for some of the most remote communities in the highly rural Tambakha Chiefdom in northern Sierra Leone.

Street Child works to improve the quality of teaching and schools. We have built high-quality classrooms to help reduce overcrowding in secondary schools in Sierra Leone, and we are working to improve the quality of education in schools across rural Liberia.

We have trained and supported over 400 teachers to complete government-recognised training courses. Over 500 teachers have benefited 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'.

Since 2013, we have provided over 100 school management committees with agricultural grants and technical support to develop rice farms and seed lending schemed where the projects made following harvest help to meet educational costs.

Street Child supports schools to find ways of paying teachers and affording the costs of education by helping communities grow their income.

A story from our work:

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 patron Nick Hewer visited Sierra Leone in May 2018 to see the start of the work on our 1,000 schools project - supporting children and schools across Sierra Leone and visit the school he supported and named after his grandson - Freddie Hewer.