Street Academy supports children’s education

BY: Emmanuel Quaye
Miss Sheila Azuntaba presenting some books to one of the children while others wait for their turn
Miss Sheila Azuntaba presenting some books to one of the children while others wait for their turn

The Street Academy is a non-profit organisation (NGO) that takes care of needy children living on the streets of Accra, the country’s capital city.

The organisation aims at taking children off the streets and into a classroom where they can be educated and fed with one meal a day at no cost.

The organisation runs a non-formal school from 7.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Monday to Friday for children aged six to 16 years. The children are taken through a varied curriculum and prepared to go to formal school where they are supported to further their education.

All students at the street academy, are needy children who live in the most deprived neighbourhoods of the city. They study dance, music, art, sports, and basic schooling, from where they proceed to higher education.

In collaboration with Outpouring to the Nations-Ghana, an NGO, the Street Academy has presented free exercise books to a number of children from Accra Central at a ceremony in Accra.

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The activity was organised primarily to support pupils from the Street Academy who had gained admission to mainstream schools beginning this academic year.

The President of Outpouring to the Nations-Ghana, Miss Sheila Azuntaba, presented the books and lunch packs to the children.

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150 Children

She stated that this year marked the fifth presentation ceremony with the distribution of books to 150 children, pointing out that the organisation had been organising fundraising activities to support needy children in the society.

Miss Azuntaba said it was their aim to move many children off the streets and they were currently going round some villages to spread the word of God and educate the children and their parents to lead responsible lives.

She stated that basic education was the right of every child and, therefore, called on philanthropists to assist institutions such as the Street Academy.

The Director of Street Academy, Mr Ataa Lartey, thanked Miss Azuntaba for the gesture and appealed to various benevolent organisations to also support them.

He mentioned that the academy was seeking funds to provide opportunities for more children from the academy to be admitted to mainstream schools.

“The academy presently has 120 children aged between six and 15, and we need money to look after them and educate them,” he said.