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 programs increase the capacity of schools and state systems to provide excellent, equitable education – focused on foundational learning and, where appropriate, on life skills and financial literacy that support lifelong learning and success.
We also focus our efforts on teachers, increasing their pedagogical skills and ability to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment.
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 to education.
In our programs we use tried and tested methodology Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) to support children to swiftly attain foundational levels of literacy and numeracy. This way of teaching groups learners according to their abilities rather than age, which encourages them to re-engage in their education. Once they have reached the right learning level for their grade, we support them back into formal education.
In areas where children are out of school due to conflict or emergency contexts, Street Child runs programs designed to expand and enhance education even where no formal schools exist. This includes constructing temporary learning centers or adapting existing community spaces so they can be used for learning.
For these spaces we find unemployed local teachers or train community volunteers, and develop a curriculum that dovetails with the government's curriculum so that children can move seamlessly back into formal school when possible. These curricula often include school safety, disaster risk awareness, life skills and livelihood training to support children with all of their needs.
Some children can't learn because their teachers do not have the right skills or teaching experience themselves. In many cases there simply aren't enough teachers, leading classrooms to become overcrowded. We train teachers and help them to obtain vital qualifications that enable them to teach better and earn more.
We provide teachers with face-to-face tutorials, peer support and, in some cases, printed self-study materials, so that they can continue teaching while studying towards qualifications.
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