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. 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 organized 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, providing children with protective community environments where they can be safe, in school and learning. Street Child delivers its programming with the support of more than 15 Nigerian NGO partners, across 22 regions within Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
In Southern Nigeria, where poverty and underemployment drive thousands of people per year into situations of people trafficking, Street Child is working with communities and local government stakeholders to reduce unsafe migration in three regions within 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 program supported by Education Cannot Wait and in collaboration with local partners. The program will reach 482,000 children in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States, providing access to early learning, elementary and high school education.
The Education For Every Child Today (EFECT) program is Street Child’s largest to date. This is a four-year project in partnership with Educate A Child (EAC), a global program of the Education Above All (EAA) Foundation, supported by the Qatar Fund for Development. The EFECT program aims to get 96,000 out-of-school children back into school full-time in Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
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 the many children who are associated with armed forces and groups, aiming to reintegrate them into a safe and accepting community.
As part of our Right to Care program, Street Child and our 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 livelihoods opportunities, ensures that livelihoods and household incomes are strengthened and stabilized. Through business mentoring, direct grants or vocational training, Street Child ensures that parents and caregivers are empowered to fund their own children's learning, reducing the child protection risks associated with poverty and illiteracy.
Under the Stop Trafficking! Project, funded by Expertise France, Street Child and our 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 regions in Benin City, Edo State. We are also supporting survivors of trafficking with psychosocial support and livelihoods opportunities.
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