Despite huge advances made in getting children into school around the world, there are still 264 million children, adolescents and youth who did not attend school in 2016 (UN sources). In fact, the UN states there are up to 150 million children living on the street today, which make up a large part of the many children who do not receive any kind of schooling.
Getting these children into education is a challenge
The Consortium for Street Children (#CSC) advocates the 12th of April as the International Day for Street Children to raise the voice of children to ‘create change and to ensure they are not overlooked’. The ‘4 Steps to Equality’ campaign is being launched by CSC in 2018 – to call governments around the world to take four steps that will achieve equality for street children.
The 4 Steps summarise the UN General Comment on Children in Street Situations, which is guidance written by the United Nations to explain how governments can make sure that street-connected children are able to access their rights. Indeed, too often, street children are unable to access things most of us take for granted – like going to the hospital, accessing justice when harmed, being protected from harassment and violence, and much more.
Find out more about the 4 steps and how you can help this International Day for Street Children here.
Here at Aide et Action International, we have several projects which aim to get street children into school, including:
- Our ‘Street Children Project’ in Laos aims to reduce the number of children living and working in the streets of Vientiane;
- ‘Improving recovery and reintegration opportunities for street children, abused children and children at high-risk of being abused’ in several regions of Cambodia, supports street children and helps to reintegrate them into society by providing shelter and education support;
- ‘Education for all, reaching the marginalised’, also in Cambodia, a project carried out in partnership with the Cambodian Minister of Education to help get out-of-school children (OOSC) back into school.
Over 60,000 children have already benefited from our activities. Children like Syleang in Cambodia, who has been attending one of our specialist education programmes for street children, and has since learnt to read, write in Khmer, and count. Thanks to our work, Syleang will soon be able to integrate public school and the national curriculum.
For the 60,000 children like Syleang who we are already helping, there are, unfortunately, still too many who are still risking their lives being on the street. On International Street Children Day, help us help them receive the schooling they deserve by making a small donation. So that we no longer have to celebrate a street children day in the future…