ENABLING IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN TO ACCESS EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITY
In some of the countries we work in, pre-school education is not free, so many children living in poverty are unable to access this critical stage of schooling. Through communities and churches, we establish partnerships to create community-run pre-schools which are accessible for even the very poorest children.
We also create opportunities for children living, and often working, on the streets. Our local project partners identify these children and place them in our informal schools, which helps to prepare them for reintegration into formal schooling in the future.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
- We build and establish community-run pre-schools to provide access to education to thousands of orphans and vulnerable children. We train local volunteer teachers to run them, and provide play and educational materials.
- These pre-schools also give children a safe place to play and learn while their parents and guardians go out to work and earn a living to sustain the family.
- We provide weekly ‘catch up’ classes for orphans and vulnerable children from selected schools to improve their educational skills and offer emotional and social support.
- We provide education to children living and working in the slums and on the streets by working with our project partners to establish informal schools. These schools cater for children of all ages and abilities, preparing them to re-integrate back into the formal school system.
- We train community social workers to identify children who are not in school and enrol them in education.
- All our education activities incorporate elements to make them sustainable. For example, pre-schools are established with food gardens, which help feed the children, and also generate profit to support the schools’ running costs.