The UCC (Underprivileged Children’s Centre) also known as Future Leaders School is providing hundreds of children from Accra living on the streets or in extreme poverty with the education that they deserve. The school was founded 20 years ago by the late Billa Mahmud. Every day after work he would gather the children from the streets underneath a Mango tree and teach them basic English and Maths. What started with 5 children quickly grew and a few years later Billa was a full-time teacher with a school full of children who couldn’t wait to be educated.
Despite school being free in Ghana, many families are unable to afford the basic equipment needed for their child to attend school, this includes the money to register their child at school, uniform, books and stationary. The UCC not only gives the children a free education, they provide books, uniforms, transport to and from school, a full meal each day so no child goes hungry, extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama and choir and a safe and supportive environment for the children to grow up in. The UCC continues support every child throughout higher and tertiary education so they can reach their full academic potential and to prevent young children (particularly girls) from dropping out of school, a vocational centre for older students and women from the community to learn skills such as sewing or hairdressing and a micro finance project to help the families of the children at the school start their own small businesses to alleviate the poverty they are living in.
There are 61492 children living on the streets of Accra. 3.5 million children in Ghana live in poverty with more than 1/3 living in extreme poverty. Children in Accra are 40% more likely to live in poverty than adults. 1/4 Children in Ghana never complete primary school and 65% of children under 18 don’t attend school in Accra.
The UCC currently has 161 pupils aged from 4 – 16 as well as 94 graduates in high school and university.
When you volunteer on our teaching project you can help us give more children living in poverty access to education. You can assist in the classroom, take your own class or work one on one with students to help nurture, develop and engage pupils in learning.