The International Day for Street Children is celebrated on April 12. The day provides a platform for millions of street children around the world – and their champions – so that their rights cannot be ignored. The International Day for Street Children was launched in 2011 by the Consortium for Street Children (CSC). The CSC is the leading international network dedicated to realising the rights of street children worldwide.
We and our partners in Nigeria have been working hard to organise a number of events to mark this day. Over the next few days we will post more about we have all been up to. In the meantime we ask that you take a few minutes to
Sign the pledge
Add your voice here to stand up for the rights of street children all over the world. These children face a daily struggle to survive, often facing violence and round-ups by the authorities. Being a street child is not a crime; we want governments and society to recognise this. The CSC will share your support at a meeting with the United Nations in June, to ensure street children are not ignored.
Challenge your perceptions of street children
There are a number of common misconceptions about street children, from who street children are, to how many there are around the world, to why children take to the streets in the first place. Increase your knowledge by reading these mythbusters.
Listen to the views of street children around the world
‘In Their Own Voices’ showcases the views of street children in five countries across the globe. It was made in conjunction with the following organisations: Caretakers of the Environment Tanzania; Covenant House, USA; Focus Ireland; Save the Children India and Toybox, El Salvador and is sponsored by Aviva as part of their Street to School programme. It was filmed and produced by AMV Productions.
The children speak out about what matters to them, their hopes and dreams.