In 2010, Street Child launched a rural schools program supporting five communities in the chiefdom of Tambakha, in Sierra Leone. The project focused on building the first ever schools for some of the most remote parts of West Africa, where children generally miss out on the opportunity to gain even the most basic literacy and numeracy skills.
This aspect of our work has grown significantly since then. In Sierra Leone, we now have schools in 127 communities across the country. Since we launched the program, we have created the first ever access to education for more than 17,000 children, and trained more than 400 teachers. Finally, in 2015 we launched the scheme in two counties in Liberia, building 12 schools, providing training for 36 teachers, and ensuring the schools' sustainability by setting up rural farming income generation initiatives for each.