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


Fund Raised




1. Give disenfranchised children access to a basic education and life skills.
2. Support children in primary and secondary school with scholarships.
3. To raise public awareness and understanding of the issues faced by 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.

The Challenge

    The increasingly harsh climates of various African regions and a lack of rural economic infrastructure has resulted in many rural communities are migrating to African cities with hopes of finding employment and a means of survival. Issues of poor educational infrastructure and a lack of employment opportunities mean that often these families turn to sex work or crime. Children often do not have access to an education because their families cannot afford basic the prerequisites for them to attend school. To assure their family's survival, many children turn to begging on the streets or working as opposed to gaining an education.

The Solution

The AYPAD education project counteracts the injustice faced by many street children by ensuring they are able to exercise their right to an education. The children are taught in classroom settings and curricula are tailored to their needs in order to help reintegrate them into the official educational system. The program focuses on children aged between 6 to 17, and participants over 15 years will receive vocational training. The initiative reduces the risk of social exclusion and of the children become involved in criminal activities. The children will also gain life skills and be trained to become peer educators, spreading their knowledge and supporting the social re-integration of themselves and those around them.