awards & recognition


Street Child wins the 2022 David M. Rubenstein Prize by the Library of Congress for our ‘outstanding and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels in multiple parts of the world’.

Street Child’s Afghanistan team wins the Solve MIT & Jacobs Foundation Challenge for our work using tablets to improve the quality of teaching in hard-to-reach rural Afghanistan.


Core funder the UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office awards Street Child’s work with most-marginalized Musahar girls in Nepal an A+ two years consecutively for the program’s results, and 5/5 for value for money - the only organization out of 41 actors delivering through the Girls Education Challenge to receive the latter.


Street Child’s COVID-19 response is featured by the United Nations Girls Education Initiative [UNGEI] as an exemplar of how to adapt programming in a crisis to ensure gender equality.

Street Child’s Nepal team is awarded the Dina-Bhadri Honorary Award by the Government of Nepal for our contribution to the development of the Musahar community.


Street Child wins the WISE Award for Innovation in Education for our unique melding of livelihoods with social work support. Our Family Business for Education program provides business training, a grant and mentoring to caregivers of out-of-school children, empowering them to increase household income and afford education for their children. A crucial part of this is family tracing and reunification for children who have become connected to the streets because of poverty, and positive parenting support. The program has supported the launch of 35,000 new businesses since 2010 with an 84% success rate for two or more years. With the profit families can afford to send an average of two children to school, many for the first time.

Street Child is commended by the Center for Global Development in their evaluation of the Liberian Government's Liberian Education Advancement Program (LEAP). From 2017-2019 inclusive Street Child and 11 other education providers ran schools in Liberia as part of the Liberian Ministry of Education’s public-private partnership trial, aimed at improving the quality of education in the country. In the final evaluation Street Child was named Top Performer for raising both learning outcomes and access to school while staying within the Ministry of Education's target budget, as per our goal of ensuring local sustainability. While the commendation comes for our work in Liberia, this is the model we implement across all our programs, and which inaugurated in Sierra Leone. The report found that many of the school operators had made stark trade-offs between learning, access, safety and sustainability. However, Street Child was singled out for successfully balancing these trade-offs, and performing well ‘in almost every dimension’ for the lowest cost of all providers.