In many parts of the world getting children the education they need and deserve is quite often impossible. Millions of families face a daily struggle simply to survive and face a multitude of obstacles to getting their children in to school.
An education for all childrenFor children around the world the cost of attending school is expensive - school fees and the cost of uniforms, textbooks, and transport usually end up taking a large proportion of household income. Furthermore, up to 218 million children globally have to work to support their families, and as a result these children end up missing school or falling behind on their education. This is particularly true of girls. Many rural areas in developing countries do not have schools or qualified teachers, especially in countries where conflict has damaged or destroyed schools. Even when children do go to school, the quality of education in many areas remains very poor and classes are overcrowded. Widespread physical punishment, abuse, bullying and harassment by teachers and peers results in lots of children dropping out of school.
Although the United Nations Millennium Development Goals have made access to free primary education for all a top priority for 2015, 72 million girls and boys are still out of school. It is estimated that at the current rate of progress the targets set for 2015 will not be met.
In order to address this problem, ChildHope is working together with local partner organisations in Africa, Asia and South America to enable some of the most excluded and marginalised girls and boys to access their right to education.
- In Sierra Leone we are providing children with food, clothes and a safe place to stay, and pay for their school fees, materials and uniforms. We also work to reduce the social stigma, discrimination and abuse faced by these children to support and encourage them stay on in school.
- In Kenya, we are helping extremely vulnerable street girls into education by providing residential rehabilitation to help them to return to school. The project also works to keep the girls in school by educating children and teachers about child rights and promoting positive modes of discipline as opposited to corporal punishmenet.
- In Bangladesh, where 6 million children work on average 12 hours a day, we support children who work in small workshops and family businesses to return to school. We provide education at our children's centres and utilise teaching methods that respond to the needs of the working children.