Across the world, millions of children and young people cannot access the education they need to lead fulfilling lives. Many countries don’t have the structures in place to ensure all their children can go to school, and many others are affected by conflict and natural disasters that disrupt children’s schooling or destroy existing education systems.
At SOS Children’s Villages, we know that a child who receives a good education has the best chance of leading a better life, breaking out of the cycle of poverty and contributing to the community and local economy.
We support the education of children and young people in 125 countries globally and your contribution will help more children go to school.
Just £275 can pay for one child’s education for a full year. This includes ensuring they are taught by a qualified teacher and have the books, educational materials and new school uniform they need. Such support leads to a stronger, brighter and empowered future for every child we support.
I want to be a teacher to teach children songs - Gratia's story
Eight-year-old Gratia wants to be a teacher when she grows up.
Bright, happy and full of life, she is always out playing with her friends or tending the community garden.
It’s hard to imagine that when Gratia arrived at SOS Children’s Village Kayonza, Rwanda at the age of seven, she couldn’t speak or dress herself, and she didn’t know how to use a pencil.
Gratia’s life before being part of an SOS family and school had been incredibly hard. When she was just one month old her father died. And because he was the main breadwinner, this left Gratia’s mum and five brothers and sisters in extreme poverty, not knowing where the next meal would come from.
A year later, as Gratia was learning to walk, their mother left them, unable to cope on her own. Without an adult to look after the children, Gratia’s eldest brother became the new head of the family. At just 12 years old he had to start looking after his brothers and sisters.
The children lived alone for more than five years, fending for themselves, never having enough to eat. Sometimes neighbours gave them food but they didn’t have enough money to look after all of them properly and it started to become obvious from how thin the children were, the burden of such a big family was too much for Gratia’s brother.
Community elders referred them to the local social services who in turn contacted SOS Children’s Villages. The three youngest children were placed with SOS Children’s Villages Kayonza, with Gratia’s oldest siblings going into the care of their local community.
Gratia’s teacher says: “In the beginning, Gratia was very quiet – she wouldn’t talk to either her SOS Mother or the SOS Family. She wasn’t sociable and found it difficult to communicate or play with other children.”
But within a year all that changed and now with the help of her teachers, Gratia is making huge progress. She is much more confident, her speech has improved and her writing is getting better; she sings and dances and plays hide and seek.
Education is changing Gratia’s life.
Now she has the chance to imagine what she might want to be when she grows up.
She says: “When I become a teacher, I would like to teach children songs and how to behave in class.
*Gratia’s name has been changed
Connecting through schools
We want to build a relationship between your school, your pupils, and SOS Children’s Villages UK. Power a Pupil is the perfect opportunity to get involved with our work.
This is a chance for your pupils to engage and connect with the work of SOSUK through the curriculum, developing their citizenship skills and sense of social responsibility while fundraising for our campaign.
SOSUK has developed four engaging lesson plans, an education booklet, and assembly presentations to use with your students.
There are different presentations for primary and secondary schools, which can be downloaded from this link.
Please note: the presentations have speaker’s notes for every slide included in the file. If you would like to request the notes in a word document, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.