Due to the increasing rate of multidimensional poverty in most developing countries, it has become common to see a lot of children roaming the streets, begging and engaging in different activities in order to survive. Some families have had their economic situations impacted negatively and investing in their children’s education seems to be a waste of resources and so they feel the need to send them to the streets to make ends meet. Some other families are victims of insurgencies and have been displaced, leaving the children with no access to education.
Sadly, reports from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) show that there are currently over 258 million children and youth who do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math; less than 40% of girls in Sub-Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are out of school.
Education is every child’s right and must not be violated, irrespective of the situation. The Street2School Project by Wadi Ben-Hirki (WBHF) was initiated to bridge the gap that widens inequalities and inequities in Education. The concept reiterates the importance of achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 – access to Quality Education, for children all over the world. We believe that if children are educated, they become exposed, enlightened, liberated and could become change agents in their respective societies.
Street2School serves as an innovation in emergency education, a holistic approach taking into consideration alternative pathways to education such as vocational training.
We strongly believe that children are the hope for the future and if we do not harness their potentials by equipping them with the right skill sets and knowledge, we would be left with an even more broken world.