Education Project

AYPAD developed the project with the purpose of giving African street children access to education and thus reintegrating them into society. Due to the continent’s poor economic and social conditions, problems like prostitution and crime, as well as a lack of education, training, infrastructure and jobs are unfortunately part of many lives of adolescent Africans. Children often do not have access to education, because their families cannot afford basic prerequisites for school attendance. To assure their families’ survival, many children – instead of learning at school – have to beg on the streets or work to support the family.The project counteracts this injustice by offering educational programs for approximately 1000 street children in 30 countries aged between 6 and 17. The children are taught in classes. Furthermore, individual curricula that are tailored to the children’s special needs are developed with the aim of reintegrating the children into the educational system. Participant’s over15 years receive vocational training. The initiative reduces the risk of social exclusion and the threat of slipping into the abysses of crime. AYPAD hope the project will contributes significantly to the reduction of poverty in Africa.

Final Goal

$11,000

Fund Raised

$300

2.73%

Goals

1. To provide basic education, health awareness and life skill training to young people with limited or no access to education  and child workers.
2. Scholarship support to children in primary and secondary education.
3. To raise public awareness and understanding of problems facing young people on the  street children and child workers.
4. To work together with the Child Issues Network to advocate child rights in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
5. To research and identify safer alternatives of employment opportunities for  young people 

Challenge

    Increasingly landlessness and unemployment causes families and children from rural areas to flock into  Cities around Africa  with  hope of finding work and earning income to survive. The downturn in socio-economic condition of Africa has made the situation of street children to become worse. The increase in prices of basic commodities and food items, lesser employment opportunities even for odd jobs for street families has adversely affected their chances to buy food. The worsening condition exposes them to vulnerability to all forms of abuses and violence. Though there had been positive impact on street children and their families through various interventions, the needs are still great and the threat of abuse and harsh condition of many street children and their families are still present.

Solution

Through non-formal education around life skills Young people can develop a desire to learn and acquire the tools to protect themselves and support their social reintegration. AYPAD trains them to become peer educators who can spread their learning and skills. AYPAD seeks to build confidence and skills among young people so they are able to escape the cycle of street living and be reintegrated into the public schools.
Many young people will continue benefit from our Education program implemented. Since the beginning of the project the team has provided educational opportunities and Skills to 701 contacts. Nearly 310 have accessed literacy education on the streets while 172 contacts received life skills education, and 104 contacts received Non-Formal Education. 43 children were reintegrated into the public school system.