Learn about Street Child of Sierra Leone projects helping vulnerable children to go to school.
SCoSL’s aim is to help the most vulnerable and marginalised children to access quality education. This includes children living in remote rural areas, children who live and/or work on the streets, children who have lost their primary caregiver and out-of-school girls. Using an inter-sectoral approach, it combines child protection, education and livelihoods approaches to remove individual barriers to education for children.
SCoSL is committed to evidence-based programming, and has conducted research on street children (the National Headcount of Street Children in Sierra Leone, 2012), on children orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone (Ebola Orphan Report, 2015) and on girls’ education (the National Consultation on Adolescent Girls’ Education in Sierra Leone, 2016). This research has in turn informed SCoSL’s programming.
GIRLS' ACCESS TO EDUCATION
SCoSL is currently implementing two major projects supporting vulnerable girls to access secondary education. The first, funded by Street Child UK via a DfiD grant, is being implemented across the country in Western Area- Urban and Rural, Bo, Bombali, Kambia Kenema, Kailahun, Koinadugu, Kono, Moyamba, Port Loko and Tonkolili districts. The ‘Girls Speak Out’ project is informed by the NCAGE research, and is supporting 4000 vulnerable girls to complete primary education and successful enrol in secondary school. SCoSL’s team of social workers and livelihoods officers work together to enrol and retain girls in school through a combination of social work, school placement and livelihood support for impoverished caregivers. In the two districts not covered by this programme, Pujehun and Bonthe, SCoSL is implementing UNICEF’s Girls Access to Education (GATE) programme, which promotes access to education for girls in secondary schools, including 900 vulnerable girls who receive specific social work and school fee support.
ACCESS TO QUALITY EDUCATION
Building on a platform of seven years’ education programming in remote rural areas, where it has trained 600 rural community teachers in over 200 rural schools, SCoSL is now implementing a project to improve quality education in 400 rural classrooms across Sierra Leone. Through a model of in-house teacher teaching / mentoring, as well as classroom resourcing, SCoSL is investing in community primary schools in rural areas of Sierra Leone. SCoSL has also recently completed a project to build 29 three-classroom secondary school classrooms and 56 latrines as part of the post Ebola Presidential Recovery Plan. One of three partners in a consortium led by World Vision and funded by DfiD on the Reducing Overcrowding and Improving Sanitation in Secondary schools (ROISS) project, SCoSL was consistently recognised as the highest performing partner in terms of both quality and speed.
CHILDREN IN SLUM AND DISASTER PRONE COMMUNITIES
SCoSL works in a number of slum communities, including Kroo Bay, Susan’s Bay and George Brook / Dwarzark, through its CBO partner FFC and We Yone Child Foundation. Its most significant project is working with communities living on and around the Kissy dumpsite, supporting youth and their families with vocational and livelihoods support packages, funded by UK NGO Child Hope.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE: FREETOWN FLOODS
SCoSL was one of the first responders to the August mudslide and flooding in Freetown, providing food and essential non-food items to survivors and affected people from the day after the disaster. With support from DfID, Street Child UK, Concern and CRS, it has since supported over 4000 people without homes with ready to eat food, clothing, blankets, hygiene kits and other items. Building on its previous experience partnering with WFP to provide food to 2000 Ebola affected households, SCoSL is now partnered with WFP to provide dry food rations to 1800 households.