Liberian children celebrate World Book Day thanks to Norfolk support for Street Child charity appeal

(From left) George, Thomas, Arianna and Gabriel, aged eight-12, at the VOA Academy near Monrovia enj

(From left) George, Thomas, Arianna and Gabriel, aged eight-12, at the VOA Academy near Monrovia enjoying World Book Day. They were helped into school by UK charity Street Child through its Girls Speak Out appeal, supported by Norfolk residents. PIcture: STREET CHILD - Credit: STREET CHILD

While thousands of children across Norfolk celebrated World Book Day the international reading celebration was even more special for children in a poverty-stricken country.

Liberian youngsters aged eight to 12 helped by the Street Child Girls Speak Out campaign enjoyed a selection of books at the VOA Academy near Liberia's capital, Monrovia.

Street Child, which creates educational opportunities for some of the world's most vulnerable children, was set up in 2008 by Tom Dannatt from Norwich.

The charity works in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in Africa and Nepal.

It raised around £1m in 2016 through the DFID-funded Girls Speak Out Appeal to get 20,000 girls and boys out of poverty and into education in post-Ebola West Africa.


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A Street Child spokesman said: 'There is an incredible enthusiasm from children to learn.'

He added World Book Day was a 'symbolic moment' for the Girls Speak Out Appeal, supported by Norfolk residents.

Visit www.street-child.co.uk

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