WHAT WE DO
In 2015, the United Nations published seventeen Sustainable Development Goals intended to set out priorities for the International Community in creating a better future for the world. The fourth of these calls for universal access to quality education that is inclusive and equitable and for the promotion of lifelong learning opportunities. At the Foundation, we are proud to work toward making this goal a reality.
Education is transformative and powerful. We believe that by forging partnerships, by broadcasting information, by stimulating activity and by working closely with teachers, educators, communities and governments to offer practical support and encouragement to education projects worldwide, we can make the UN's dream of a world enriched by learning into a dream shared by millions and, together, secure its realisation.
Our organisation is inspired by the work and philosophy of Steve Sinnott, who served as General Secretary of the National Union Of Teachers until his tragic death in April 2008.
We have, right now, the opportunity to secure the more peaceful, more prosperous world that knowledge and learning can bring. We seek it for all our sakes, for our children, for our grandchildren and for theirs.
SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
We support programmes that are sustainable, replicable, context-specific and that use elements of an education model that has been designed to promote positive learning experiences.
The Gambia - Providing Sanitary Protection will allow girls to attend school
Teachers in the Gambia have a mission which is an innovative solution for menstrual hygiene through the production of high quality re-usable sanitary pads that are comfortable, environmentally and cost-friendly. They will train 600 girls initially in the only girls school in the Gambia and then train 80 teachers and these teachers in turn will train girls and young women to produce their own sanitary pads and therefore enabling them to attend school regularly, participate in community life and social activities. It is estimated that this project will have an impact on 24,000 young women in the Gambia for a minimum cost.
The Gambia - Gender Pedagogy Training for Women Teachers
The Gambia Teachers Union and The African Women in Education Network (AWEN) are working together to provide a platform whereby women teachers and educational workers share experiences on gender equality issues and strengthen solidarity among them, the network also builds the capacity of women to acquire leadership skills so as to take up leadership positions.
The Foundation is supporting Gender Advocacy workshops to increase the knowledge and understanding of gender equality issues among teachers and educators. West Africa Women in Education Network (WAWEN) is planning to organise a Gender Training and Advocacy is scheduled for JUNE 2018 in The Gambia and will provide training for 35 teachers, educators and gender officers from the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, with the aim to enhance the knowledge and understanding in Gender Equality issues, and to share experiences. We are looking for match funding of £2,500 to support this project.
Promoting Education for All through schools and community groups in the UK
This project has grown from working with 400 schools to over 4,000 schools and community groups. Our work encourages children to learn about and understand different cultures; promotes critical thinking, teaches campaigning skills and helps them to get actively involved in working to extend the benefits of education to everybody.
We are are shamelessly attention-grabbing; doing our best to maximise the number of young people and communities who are engaged with the Education for All effort.
We've brought children in costumes representing the countries in which we work to join the Notting Hill Carnival parade. We've encouraged storytelling and writing and have shared the results with children around the world. We are supporting a Robotics competition for primary schools. Children across the globe are singing and sharing our Campaign song "A Better Place to Be" to show solidarity with the millions of children who are unable to access education.
Training Teachers in Sierra Leone
In 2011 we brought twelve Sierra Leonean teachers to the UK for training and personal development. In 2016 we repeated the programme with a further twelve. It was a life-transforming experience for all those who took part and no less of one for their trainers. Now, having planted the seeds, we are reaping the rewards: those teachers have taken charge of delivering the programme and are sharing their experience with -and inspiring hope and optimism among - their colleagues and the children of a country that has been torn by war and disease.
Opening Resource Centres in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nepal
In 2016, after working for two years with international partners, we will open the first Steve Sinnott Foundation Learning Resource Centre in Haiti.
One day, there will be an interconnected network of these centres all around the world. They will supply online and remote learning facilities, offer support and international expertise to groups working at the coalface of education provision; and allow those on the ground access to a global support structure where practical knowledge can be pooled, challenges can be discussed and solutions can be shared.
Our next target is to open centres in Sierra Leone, Nepal and Uganda. Once they are up and running, all the centres will be locally owned and managed. When access to learning is granted, people can do remarkable things.
Disseminating a Literacy Programme in Haitian Creole
Working in partnership with Cuban and Haitian teachers to develop and disseminate a literacy programme in Haitian Creole.
Supporting Early Grade Reading in Ghana
We are supporting the development of the 'A Big Book' project - a partnership between the Ghana Education Service, and the UK based Educators International. This project will provide in Ghana's Northern Region bilingual early-grade reading materials developed by Ghanaian teachers.
Collecting Stories and Connecting Storytellers
Everyone in every community has compelling stories to share and the contribution that storytelling can make to education is incalculable. Above all, storytelling is crucial if we want to facilitate understanding between different cultures around the world. We believe that out of that understanding will come support, solidarity and a determination to achieve the Foundation's broader goals.
So, we're finding, collecting and sharing the world's stories. We're running storytelling events, participating in carnivals, exploring the spoken and the written word; and producing songs, beautiful short films and podcasts that engage, delight and foster empathy between peoples.
By facing our challenges together in our stories, we can share our solutions in our daily lives and grow to better understand ourselves and each other.
You can donate £5 to support the work of the Steve Sinnott Foundation right now by texting:
'EDFA16' to 70070
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