International Day for Street Children 2021

IDSC around the world

Find out what the CSC network has planned to celebrate International Day for Street Children 2021!

Aasraa Trust

Held workshops in two different locations in Dehradun, asking street-connected children about their hopes for the future and obstacles for achieving these.

They will also be speaking with government officials to get their views and raise awareness of IDSC.

Adamfo Ghana

We will be visiting schools under our “Teach Them Young” initiative which is being organised around the theme of the International Day for Street Children this year, “Access For Street Children”. We strongly believe that it is time street-connected children have access to the basic needs of life just like any other child.

The project focuses on empowering the young ones to stay in school and off the street. We believe most children are on the street due to their decision to follow their peers. Targeting these young ones in our schools is a step to ensuring that more children do not join the existing street children. Teaching centres around the risks of streetism and dropping out of school, time management, carrier choice, and decision making.

These schools would also be given some Personal Protective Equipment such as nose masks, hand sanitisers, veronica buckets, washing soaps, and tissues. All these have been powered by Adamfo Ghana as part of their Increasing Impact program, organised around the International Day for Street Children on April 12th.

Bahay Tuluyan Foundation Inc.

Our plans are to have an online launch of the national plan for street-connected children in the Philippines, our new online child protection hub and also of some animations about CISS that one of our partners is producing.

As pandemic restrictions are still in place, our online activities will be our main involvement in IDSC this year and we will have some street children’s congress reps and other centre-based children taking part in online activities. We are also hoping to deliver some food to vulnerable children on the day

Children’s Voice Today

We will hold workshops across 4 districts, as well as partnering with other NGOs and the media. Mobilise Children from grassroots groups (including street children) to share what they are affected by and their issues. Assessing the families, before sending children back to reintegrate. To understand the real problems causing children to go to the streets. In the past, sanctions placed on families if children breach contract. Now adopting a softer, non-violent approach of assessing the children’s situation before sending the child to their family unit. Children are kept in gov transition centres while assessments are ongoing.

Cities for Children

We are organising an event (in Pakistan, but virtual) for April 12. It will be a national stakeholder consultation on policies related to street children, in partnership with the Parliamentary Committee on Child Rights and the SDGs. This is with CSC Support, and invitees include politicians, bureaucrats and members of civil society.

Community Development Centre, India

CDC started celebrating IDSC on 6th April, and have different activities planned for every day of the week. On Tuesday, with the children and community we organised a meeting and discussion on different issues of street connected children. Few local Govt. officials and social workers participated in the program.

Education 4 Purpose

We organised a very productive workshop with the children we work with around this year’s theme on access for street children and following the very helpful workshop guide provided by CSC. Our next step is to draft a letter with the children highlighting their needs and demands. This letter will be physically delivered to the relevant government departments in Port Harcourt.  We are also currently working on an advocacy research report to capture the needs and realities of street-connected children in Southern Nigeria.

Home and Street Kids Welfare Initiative

In order to have a very robust celebration,we will be bringing onboard other NGOS in our state working with street-connected children in one way or the other.

On 6th April we will hold a workshop with 12 children. Following this, on 8th April, we will be holding a stakeholder’s meeting with representatives of the state government, immigration, lawyers, schools, head of schools, doctors, other NGOS that work with street-connected children and the 12 children that were present at the workshop.

On 10th April, we are organising a walk with two national media houses present to cover the walk. This we will be doing to create awareness for the general public on the rights of the street-connected children and why they need to be treated like normal children too. We will also be having a hangout with the children we support on 11th April to commemorate IDSC.

On IDSC day itself (12 April) HSKi will be holding three interviews with three national radio stations to commemorate the day.

Iganga Comforter of the Afflicted Home

Held IDSC workshops provided by CSC with the street-connected children they support.

Laughter Africa

Laughter Africa held two workshops in different areas of Freetown, Sierra Leone, as well as planning other activities that will take place over the week of IDSC.

Legal Awareness Watch

LAW distributed daily use items to street-connected children in March in honour of IDSC.

Nihurumie Child Group

Will be conducting the IDSC workshops provided by CSC with the street-connected children they support.

S.A.L.V.E. International

SALVE have combined their topic (How can we transform lives for children living on the streets beyond the Covid-19 pandemic?) with IDSC’s theme of access to services. We plan to launch the newspaper on 11th April this year. We are also planning to do either 1 or 2 radio shows (still being finalised) where street connected young people can share their views on 89 Smart FM. Average listenership of this radio station is 5.5 million people.

A dialogue meeting with the police is planned for August/ Sept time following on from this work.

Save Street Children Uganda (SASCU)

We are convening three children in street situation’s workshops in Mbale, Lira and Kamapala where CSS will discuss, agree and document in memos pertinent issues concerning them that need to be addressed to enhance access to relevant services and ultimately the realisation of their rights.

We are also convening two workshops in Lira and Mbale involving State and CSO stakeholders where Memos developed by CSS in the two districts / cities shall be presented, discussed and a way forward agreed upon.

We will also identify and support four CSS engaged by SASCU in the Kampala children’s workshop to meaningfully participate in a planned national children’s parliament in Kampala. Issues discussed and agreed upon by CSS during the children’s parliament shall ultimately be tabled in the National Parliament. of Uganda for further discussion and consideration 4. Facilitate CSS in Lira and Mbale to access requisite services in the wake of the Covid – 19 pandemic.

SASCU will also design and disseminate appropriate digital messages that have been informed by CSS during the workshops underscoring the need to ensure CSS access appropriate services including shelter, health care, protection and education particularly in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Starlight Foundation

With support from Adamfo Ghana, we will be visiting schools under our “Teach Them Young” initiative which is being organised around the theme of the International Day for Street Children, “Access For Street Children”. We strongly believe that it is time street-connected children have access to the basic needs of life just like any other child.

The project focuses on empowering the young ones to stay in school and off the street. We believe most children are on the street due to their decision to follow their peers. Targeting these young ones in our schools is a step to ensuring that more children do not join the existing street children. Teaching centres around the risks of streetism and dropping out of school, time management, carrier choice, and decision making.

These schools would also be given some Personal Protective Equipment such as nose masks, hand sanitisers, veronica buckets, washing soaps, and tissues. All these have been powered by Adamfo Ghana as part of their Increasing Impact program, organised around the International Day for Street Children on April, 12th.

Refugee Voice and Action

Refugee voice and action have many ideas including:
•life skills and training for Refugees did not attend school in their home country.
•Doing several training on Refugee Rights, because they don’t know their rights and where /to who they can raise their Voice.
•Assist people living with disability PLD and widows,with capital to start small business.

Let us know what you have planned by emailing network@streetchildren.org