Girls Speak Out

  • A Advocacy Campaign/Project

A Active

Key Information

In 2016 Street Child launched an appeal to help the thousands of girls across Sierra Leone and Liberia who were not being given the chance to go to school. We spoke to over 2,000 girls to discuss the issues preventing them from going to school and what could be done to impact upon them. Our research showed that there were five key barriers to girls' education: poverty, teenage pregnancy, loss of a caregiver, parental attitudes to education and poor teaching quality. Through the efforts of our media partners we were able to carry our message far and wide to help create a better future for thousands of vulnerable girls. Thanks to a massive response from the UK public, we were able to ensure that the voices of the brave girls involved in our project were as loud as they could be and as a result, we'll help ensure more than 20,000 gain the opportunity go to school and stay there.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa

Liberia, Sierra Leone

Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2016 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Secondary completion


  • Other

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education


  • School quality

Cross-cutting areas

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Empowerment
  • Mentorship

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school)


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Reducing economic barriers

  • Addressing cost of school supplies
  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees
  • Vouchers/grants


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Increased grade attainment

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased agency and empowerment