In North East Nigeria, a protracted insurgency has created a complex humanitarian emergency. The emergency is primarily a protection crisis as people across Nigeria face displacement and significant violations of human rights – particularly the rights of children. The continued armed conflict, as well as the lingering effects of COVID-19, climate change, the war in Europe, and the associated global economic downturn are expected to exacerbate the crisis in 2023.
In North West Nigeria, attacks on education and children continue as organised criminal groups, known locally as “bandits”, conduct large-scale raids on isolated communities to abduct men, women, and children for ransom.
Additionally, in the South East an emerging independence movement is intensifying attacks on Nigerian government forces and implementing “shutdowns”, disrupting children’s education across the area.
Since 2016, Street Child has responded to the North East emergency through targeted and holistic support to the most vulnerable people, to provide children with protective community environments where they are safe, in school, and learning. Street Child delivers its programming, with the support of more than 15 national partner organisations, in 22 Local Government Areas of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe State.
In Southern Nigeria, where poverty and underemployment drive thousands of people per year into situations of Trafficking in Persons (TiP), Street Child is working with communities and local government stakeholders to build alternatives to trafficking in three Local Government Areas of Edo State.
Street Child is enhancing access to quality and inclusive basic education, mental health and psychosocial support, and vocational opportunities for crisis-affected children. This has been implemented through a three-year long Education Cannot Wait Multi-Year Resilience Programme (MYRP), in collaboration with partner organisations. The MYRP will reach 482,000 children in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe State, providing access to early learning, primary, and secondary education.
The Education For Every Child Today (EFECT) programme is Street Child’s largest programme to date. This is a four-year project in partnership with Educate A Child (EAC), a global programme of the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, supported by the Qatar Fund for Development, with the aim of increasing primary education access and retention for 40,500 vulnerable children across Sierra Leone. This will help the multi-country project's overall goal of getting 96,000 out-of-school children back in school full-time in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. To guarantee that programme effects are long-lasting, in addition to enrolment and learning, the initiative will also support teacher training and professional development as well as strengthening the livelihoods of parents and caregivers.
Street Child’s Child Protection team ensures that children and their caregivers have access to mental health and psychosocial support services. Street Child has also been working with many children who are associated with armed forces and groups, aiming to reintegrate them into a safe and accepting community.
As part of the Right to Care programme, Street Child and its local partners are supporting communities in Borno State to build protective and inclusive communities for 4,200 children and caregivers with the highest protection risks. As well as providing comprehensive case management and psychosocial support to conflict-affected children and their caregivers, this project will equip community protection committees with the skills to identify and respond to protection issues within their communities.
Street Child’s holistic programming approach, which integrates education, protection, and livelihood opportunities, ensures that livelihoods and household incomes are strengthened and stabilised. Through business mentoring, direct grants, or referral to third-party vocational trainers, Street Child ensures that parents and caregivers are empowered to fund their own children's retention in schools and learning spaces, reducing child protection risks associated with poverty.
Under the Stop Trafficking! Project, funded by Expertise France, Street Child and its national partner are working with community groups, schools, and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTiP) to strengthen anti-trafficking messaging and awareness in three Local Government Areas in Benin City, Edo State. We are also supporting survivors of trafficking with psychosocial support and livelihood opportunities.
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