All children have the right to learn. Street Child supports children to read, write, count, complete school, and attain skills for sustained success, which sets them up for life.
Our programmes increase the capacity of schools and state systems to provide excellent equitable education – focused on foundational learning and, as appropriate, on life skills and livelihood skills that support lifelong learning.
We also focus our efforts on teachers and increasing their capacities to deliver compelling lessons and ensure safe, supportive learning environments.
Many children experience learning loss when they are unable to attend school. Factors such as teen motherhood, displacement of families or COVID-19 have left millions of children out of school. This loss of learning often discourages children from returning to school. To combat this, we are leveraging our expertise and experience to reintegrate these children into education.
In Uganda, our Young Mothers Programme supports mothers who have left school. This project employs ‘Teaching at the Right Level’ (TaRL) methodology, grouping learners according to their abilities, rather than their age. This way of learning helps encourage children to re-engage in their education, and ultimately, supports them back into formal education.
In many schools, children are unable to receive an education as their teachers have not received any qualifications or there are not enough teachers, leading classrooms to become overcrowded. Since our founding date, we have reached over 12,624 teachers through training delivered by Street Child’s local partners, supporting education providers obtain vital qualifications.
We provide teachers with face-to-face tutorials and peer support, but we also focus on developing printed self-study materials, so teachers can continue teaching while they study for their qualifications. In areas such as South Sudan, this has allowed teachers from remote schools to receive their Diploma of Secondary Education.
In areas where children are out of school due to conflict or emergency contexts, Street Child is running programmes designed to implement effective approaches to expand and enhance education. In Cameroon, these pilot projects used approaches including school safety, life skills and livelihood interventions to support out-of-school children into some form of education.
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