“1,000 schools" project for rural Sierra Leone – Street Child's biggest plan

1,000 schools

Street Child are proud to announce our most ambitious goal ever: an unprecedented initiative to transform learning prospects in 1,000 schools, for over 100,000 children, in rural parts of Sierra Leone, by the year 2023.

Street Child will seek to mobilise £10 million over the next three to five years to address the calamity of entire generations growing up in villages where no effective education provision exists and for whom very minimal, if any support, is presently available – a state of affairs, which, tragically, exits in hundreds of villages in every corner of Sierra Leone.

The programme will directly target communities with little, or zero, effective education provision – communities where no, or very small numbers of, children are passing the national end of primary school examinations (NPSE).

Each school project will target dramatic improvements for £4,000 to £12,000, depending on the needs, and possibilities, in each context. Work will span:

1.     School construction, refurbishment and extensions;

2.     Education quality initiatives spanning extensive teacher training and resource provision for teachers and students;

3.     Community advocacy on the importance of education and the role of caregivers in supporting children’s learning;

4.     Income generating initiatives, such as school farms and seed lending schemes designed to enhance community schools’ sustainability.

 In Laya, this structure is the only building they have. Over 120 children attend. Laya is just one of the villages where we will transform education.

In Laya, this structure is the only building they have. Over 120 children attend. Laya is just one of the villages where we will transform education.

Since 2010, Street Child have, with considerable success, been pursuing all four of the above strands, at low costs and frequently in combination, in over 200 rural locations. In the coming years, Street Child will look to add a further 800 schools into its programming. The case for scaling up is compelling.

Fundraising for the project has begun but is in its infancy. Street Child aims to attract significant backing from development actors and philanthropists committed to work targeted on the poorest of the poor; through low-cost, high value, contextualised, proven initiatives; with a laser focus on learning outcomes and sustainability – and an ambition to see change on a real scale. 

Project work will commence after Easter and the forthcoming Presidential elections.  

Anne Beuken