WHO WE ARE
The School Bus Project was set up in 2015 by educators & community activists. We provide expertise & capacity for refugee education programmes,
serving as an umbrella for a number of learning programmes & partnerships.
SBP is a UK charity with a small project team: click here to meet some of them!.
...everyone has a right to an education.
If you can't go to school, then maybe school can come to you.
The School Bus Project supports children and young people in continuing their education. We also work with adult learners.
WHAT WE DO & WHO WE WORK WITH
with programmes in the UK,
Northern France and Greece
We design & support mobile learning provision for refugee projects.
We provide expertise, training, resources + moral and financial support.
We highlight the agenda for migrants, refugees & displaced people.
We work with some amazing individuals and partners, including those here.
270 registered volunteer educators
15 mobile schools set up to meet refugee needs
UK support network of schools & Universities
Supporting UK refugee
& adult skills
£100,000 raised since 2015
to support refugee learning
childrens services & adult education in France
In an average year, we raise around £30,000 and we do a lot with it.
We are a standalone charity, with no central administration costs:
This is thanks to practical and financial support from CSNET
and to the free time given to project management by our Trustees.
In the last four years, The School Bus Project has supported:
10 mobile schools for refugees in indoor and outdoor settings
Up to 500 learning contacts every week
Up to 150 learners a day
Over 100 volunteer educators involved in SBP programmes
Research, media coverage and policy development
Partners planning and delivering education projects in Europe and beyond.
Education helps to develop and define our identities.
While we need food, water, security and shelter, we also need to feel that we are a living part of the world we inhabit.
We have provided education services in Northern France since 2015 and have programmes in the UK and in Greece
Going forward, we are developing new working partnerships,
so we can have greater impact
and use resources to best effect.
Using a variety of teaching spaces and resources,
we give people a chance to continue their education, develop skills, take language classes & prepare for a better life.
Supports well being, recovery & social integration
Promotes personal development.
Creates a sense of some normality, in a really tough situation.
Helps keep children & young people healthy & safe.
Offers hope for the future.
The following statement was written by one of our refugee students
working with us on the Big Yellow Bus in November 2017.
"I go to school, because I want to be a politician.
My dream is to be a politician because I want to give peace for my country.
That is why I'm choosing a political career.
People will vote for me because I’m honest and I will give a better life for them.
If I was a leader, one law I will make is:
Everyone has a right to have school, to go to Education – whether poor or rich.
Education is the most important thing for life.
Without education life is not good.
Education is a key of life.
For example, if someone asked you to read this letter and you can't, you feel ashamed.
If I know how to read – first I help myself, second I help those who need it."
of the United Nations
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Everyone has the right to education.
Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.
Elementary education shall be compulsory.
Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.