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