International Day for Street Children

Apr 10, 2012

International Day for Street Children: 12th April

International Day for Street Children
International Day for Street Children

The International Day for Street Children is celebrated every year on 12 April. The day provides a platform for the millions of street children around the world - and their champions - to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.

The International Day for Street Children is led by CSC, the leading international network dedicated to realising the rights of street children worldwide and supported by Aviva through its Street to School programme. Since the launch of the International Day for Street Children in 2011 the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights commissioned a report into street children to better protect and promote their rights. CSC was employed as lead consultant and gathered the views of over 120 children in six countries about their circumstances, experiences and aspirations. The report was sponsored by Aviva and concluded that:

  • The actual number of street children is hard to quantify and countries should invest in data collection initiatives to accurately assess the issue
  • Before reaching the streets, children will have been deprived of many of their rights e.g. education, protection, support and healthcare
  • Many children find it necessary to adopt tactics such as begging, loitering and rough sleeping in order to survive
  • Rough treatment by authorities - such as violence and round-ups - is all too common

Sally Shire, CEO of CSC said: “Across the globe there are large numbers of children surviving on the streets. Whether they are a runaway from Derby or a street child in Delhi the factors that drive children to the streets are similar.  Being a street child is not a crime; we want governments and society to recognise this. On 12th April we are encouragingpeople to sign our pledge at and stand up for the rights of street children all over the world. We will share the public’s support at a meeting with the UN in June, to ensure that street
children’s rights are not ignored.”

Last year the International Day for Street Children was celebrated in over 33 locations across the globe by street children, NGO’s, policy makers, celebrities, businesses and individuals.  In 2012 there are celebrations in nearly 50 locations in 28 different countries. As part of its support in 2012, Aviva has also commissioned a new film that brings the voices of street children all over the world to life, which can be viewed at on 12th April.

Your continued support is invaluable. Thank you!



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