The Street Academy

The Sports and Cultural Academy For Street Children

About Us

The Street Academy

A nine member Board of Trustees runs the Street Academy with an executive. Ataa Lartey, the founder, as director. There are 4 teaching staff, 4 sports coaches, 1 matron and an administrative staff of 4 supported by National Service Personal and volunteers.

The Academy 

The Street Academy runs a non-formal school; there are three classes in all (special class, beginners, intermediate and advanced). Classes begin at 8.30 a.m. and close at 1.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

Free Education 

The children do not pay school fees and are encouraged to develop an interest in learning. Those who have developed keen interest in learning are sent to formal school on the Academy's Scholarship. Others are sent to learn a trade (e.g. hair dresser, dress making, practical skills training program etc.) 

Academy's intake 

Today, there are 620 children, both boys and girls who are supported by Academy. Around 80 of them are studying in the Street Academy, the rest are in the formal schools, the secondary and technical schools and three in the university. 

Before a child is being admitted in the Academy, a thorough interview is made to testify if that person is qualified i.e. living on the streets and/or deprived and needy. Opinion leaders such as the assembly men, chiefs and M.Ps have been given the mandate to endorse the children to the Academy.


The Street Academy organizes scholarships to pay school fees for those in The Academy and for those who have entered the formal schools, secondary and technical schools on the Academy's ticket. It is the policy of The Street Academy not to "uproot" the children from their communities but encourage them rather to learn how to live exemplary lives, and hopefully impart their improved standards on their various communities.  
Educating the street child
Expenses on each child presently cover both tuition and one daily meal.











The Sports & Cultural Academy for Street Children (The Street Academy) was established in November 1986 by Ataa Lartey, a sport enthusiast and social worker as a youth programme to find untapped talents in sports and cultural activities.

Change of focus 

Initial studies conducted showed that most of these children were living on the street. 

The Street Academy realized that a large number of children between the ages of 6 and 15 years, live on the streets of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, and have to work as porters or sweepers in the market for their daily bread. Such painful deprivation and abuse of the children's rights necessitated The Street Academy to concentrate its efforts on caring for these deprived children. 

In most communities, peer pressure, poverty and illiteracy among other factors, encourage teenage girls to give birth at early stages.  Some have several children from different men before they attain the age of twenty years. Many children do not know their fathers and others might have mothers who are sick or dead.  There are about 50,000 of such children to be found in Accra alone.


Registration as NGO

The programme's focus was therefore changed in 1993 to care for children. The Street Academy registered with the Registrar General of Ghana as a non-governmental organization (NGO) the same year.  

Today, The Street Academy works directly with children between the ages of 10 and 16, by providing them with: free basic schooling, free uniforms, free books and school supplies, free basic healthcare, and one free school meal a day.

The Street Academy also supports hundreds of students who have moved on into the formal school system, or into vocational training.  We pay their school fees so that their education can remain free. 



The Street Academy is recognized as a street children project by the following organizations. 

1.        Ghana National Commission on Children 
2.        Accra Metropolitan Assembly 
3.        Department of Social Welfare 
4.        Ministry of Education, Non-Formal Education Unit 
5.        Ministry for youth and sports 
6.        National Service Secretariat 
7.        National Sports Council