The educational charity Africa Educational Trust is merging with Street Child, the NGO that works in the world’s toughest places to help some of the most vulnerable children have access to education.
As a result of the merging of the two charities, Africa Educational Trust becomes a subsidiary of Street Child. Several former Africa Educational Trusts’ trustees will join the Board of Street Child.
The newly merged organisation will drive greater impact, providing educational opportunities for even more children globally. Street Child will continue with all of Africa Educational Trust’s key programmes which are focused in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
AET has a proud history of over 60 years of providing education to marginalised communities. In Somalia it was pivotal in the development of the national curriculum and internationally recognised accredited primary and secondary examination system. Our work in South Sudan has enabled young women to obtain a secondary education, and also improved teaching quality through enabling teachers to get a teaching Diploma. In Kenya, AET has supported 45 kindergartens in early years education and is an acknowledged expert in Mother Tongue Education. The joint venture with Street Child is a natural fit which protects and deepens the impact of Africa Educational Trust’s pioneering education work in the East and Horn of Africa, blends with Street Child’s child protection and education models, and creates new opportunities to leverage our combined portfolio of partner relationships.
Sarah Hughes, Chair of Africa Educational Trust, will join the Street Child Board. Sarah comments: ’AET has had several chapters in its 60 year history, beginning with scholarships in southern Africa, then following the end of apartheid turning its attention to supporting educational opportunities in some of the poorest parts of Africa. We will take all our expertise with us as we embark on this new chapter in our mission to work for education for all in the face of conflict and poverty. We are excited to be joining the Street Child team’.
Tom Dannatt, Street Child CEO and Founder adds: ‘I am thrilled and honoured to have AET join the Street Child family. I have long been inspired and impressed by AET, in particular by their impact in Somalia and South Sudan – two extraordinarily challenging contexts with vast unmet education needs. Street Child exists to create impact in exactly these types of situations – it is my real hope, and expectation, that together we can further scale AET’s existing great impact for learning in these places; whilst also strengthening the whole of Street Child by integrating AET’s passionate staff, experience and proven models into our existing global efforts.’