Education for the street children

”The ones that are less thought of”

At Fecane Child Foundation, we believe that education is the only way out of the cycle of poverty. Sadly, even though universal primary education has been established in Uganda, many children still drop out of school. Several studies on the Ugandan education have proven that many children never complete primary school for a series of reasons, the primary reason being poverty. Children who come from homes living in poverty often cannot afford school fees, uniforms, writing utensils or even shoes (UNESCO, 2016). Some children even fail to complete homework at night for lack of adequate lighting (Solar AID, 2014). Additionally, once children are old enough, their families may have them begin working to help support the family. Young girls are also kept home to take care of siblings and help with housework (UNESCO, 2016).

For street children, the option of schooling disappears entirely. Without shelter or a family, education is simply not a priority. After spending several years on the streets, a child might be held back and sit amongst other children or students that are half their age. This deters even street children who have been rehabilitated from wanting to reenter the education system.

The system

For this reason, we have decided to develop a system where students will have the choice of which partner school they would like to attend but first will be enrolled in a 3-6 month educational prep program focused on the student’s reintegration into education. The Educational Prep program will boost student’s confidence in socializing with other students, reinstall classroom etiquette, and work with them to develop their basic math, science, and language skills. As an organization stepping out to improve the quality of life of vulnerable street children, we want to provide children with the skills and coping strategies to regulate their emotions and behavior. By providing a preparatory program, we can ensure the students’ educational needs are properly addressed in a safe, nurturing environment. After the preparatory course, students will move on to their school of choice. Fees will be provided by the organization through funding mobilized for the program from various well-wishers and donors around the world.

”A success of this system”

Additionally, we will offer an opportunity for older children to take life skills classes at the Street Kids Outreach Center, which is an outreach. Teaching life skills will empower the students to succeed and live a healthy lifestyle. The Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports believes that life skills education is “an integral part of the education curricula in Uganda” (Ministry of Education and Sports, 2011, p.3) Concepts will include understanding morals and ethics, reproductive education, career workshops, safety and emergency, nutrition, dental and hygiene care, savings, critical thinking, religion, and disease prevention. The curriculum for the life skills courses will be based on the most recent Life Skills Curriculum for Primary School Teachers in Uganda Handbook provided through the Ministry of Education.

Furthermore, children who have completed their primary schooling but either do not qualify for secondary school or cannot attend for another reason are encouraged to join formal vocational training institutions in order to acquire skills and certifications. These programs include agriculture, carpentry, mechanics, cobbling, brick making, barbering, tailoring, and welding. Our program will provide each student with the start-up fees and the tools and skills to be successful in their training.

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