The International Schools Partnership (ISP) has committed to supporting Street Child United’s (SCU) campaign for the rights and protection of street-connected young people until 2022. The charity partnership with SCU (ISPxSCU) see ISP supporting and promoting SCU’s work through initiatives to raise awareness as well as organised fundraising activities. Our partnership with SCU gives us the opportunity to support some of the most vulnerable young people in the world.
One of ISP’s core principles states that we, as a group of schools, begin with our children and students, who are at the heart of everything we do. Our children and students have access to some of the best education around the world. For SCU, children are also at the heart of everything they do with the aspirational aim that no child should live on the streets. You will probably not be surprised that one of the key things that street-connected children desire is access to education. However, street connected children are not always able to go to school or access a form of education that supports the specific challenges they face. Raising awareness at ISP about these issues will empower and enable our students to help them make positive changes, now and in the future.
Street Child United is a UK-based charity seeking to improve the lives and protect the rights of street-connected young people across the globe. SCU’s goal is to inspire a brighter, safer future for street-connected children everywhere. Established in 2010, SCU organise sporting events where street children from around the world take part, to coincide with major sporting events, such as the World Cup and the Olympics. The events not only put a global spotlight on street children through worldwide media coverage but also help change people’s negative perceptions and unite street-connected young people through the use of sport, enabling their voices to be heard. SCU work with partner organisations that support street children worldwide. These non-governmental organisations (NGOs) coordinate and support the national teams who play at the sports events and select young people whose participation will boost their personal development goals.
SCU give young people the chance to speak out about their lives on a global platform. So often unrepresented, their sporting events expand on this and help countries, communities and governments around the world to listen and act. Alongside sport, SCU organise a Congress where the children and young people learn about their rights and share their experiences with each other. Working together, the young people identify priorities and make their recommendations for a fairer world for all street children.
I felt honoured to represent my country. I’ve learned that friendship comes from love and caring, which goes beyond all kinds of barriers. The Street Child Cricket World Cup recharged my life: I’m full of hope, strength and determination.
Team Tanzania 2019
Our vision is a world without violence, without inequality, without hunger, a world that is safe for the child. We demand absolute priority for the rights of street child. A child’s place is not on the street. We are the future.
Team Brazil 2018
My confidence and self-esteem are higher than ever before – the Street Child World Cup has changed my way of thinking. It has helped me to recognise myself. Without this opportunity I would have been a street child forever but today I have many opportunities that I could only ever have dreamed of.
Team Pakistan 2019
After the Street Child World Cup, we were able to meet with the authorities from our country to highlight the importance of having a birth certificate and identity card, access to health, education and other services.
Through the partnership students, parents and staff in ISP schools and regional offices will continue to learn more about street-connected young people and will campaign to change the negative perceptions and treatment that they endure every day around the world. ISP students and young people supported by SCU will have many opportunities to meet up and learn from each other, including SCU School Visits, the opportunity to take part in a field visit to Karunalaya an organisation that SCU works with in Chennai, India and the Street Child World Cup Qatar 2022.
ISP schools and regional offices around the world have already participated in various awareness and fundraising activities to support the partnership, including:
SCU School Visits – Several ISP schools in the UK, Spain, Mexico and the USA have had the exciting opportunity to welcome SCU staff and one of their Young Leaders, so they could learn more about the work of the charity and participate in several interactive Sports, Arts and Q&A sessions. Further visits are continuously being scheduled for our schools and offices in the future.
ISP Schools Around the World Challenge – To mark our first initiative with SCU, on 16th May 2019, many of our schools and regional offices participated in a partnership day (ISPxSCU) by holding a group fundraising activity called the ISP Schools Around the World Challenge. They were encouraged to take part in the challenge to walk the circumference of the globe (40,075 km) in 24 hours. The challenge was a great success with over 11,000 participants and an impressive 10,000 Euros being raised for SCU.
SCU Sleep Out – In November 2019 some of the ISP London team joined SCU at their sleepout fundraiser at Northamptonshire County Cricket Ground – braving the -4°C temperatures and raising £2,500!
March is for Street Children – We were due to be holding a fun filled fundraising month in March 2020 called March is for Street Children across all of our schools and offices to help increase awareness and raise money for SCU, but unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic it had to be postponed. We will be relaunching this in the future once it is safe to do so, and we may also consider the option of doing some virtual alternatives. More information coming soon!
By supporting SCU through our partnership it will enable them to:
Develop their Young Leader programme where selected former participants will be given opportunities for personal development in sports coaching, language tuition and soft skills. To date, SCU Young Leaders have spoken at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the National Parliaments of the UK, Tanzania and Pakistan and at the International Summit on the Legal Rights of Street Connected Children and Youth in Sao Paulo.
CEO of Street Child United, John Wroe says, “Our young people may have had limited opportunities as a street-connected child but the Young Leader Programme will give former participants opportunities in personal development, further education and employment as they enter the next stage of their life.”
The SCU staff are really friendly and good listeners and the Young Leaders are very talented in different ways. There is a commitment and respect from everyone and by being a Young Leader I have gained in confidence and had lots of new experiences.
SCU Young Leader from Egypt
Money raised through our partnership will be divided and used across four main areas of SCU’s work:
25% Hosting Street Child World Cup’s which give street-connected young people a platform to discuss their issues.
25% Supporting street connected young people to take part in a Street Child World Cup by securing them a legal identity – birth certificate and passport. This experience provides these children with a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel and represent their country on behalf of street children around the world. Funding will also help with flights, meals, accommodation, and transport for the young people participating.
25% Towards Legacy programmes in country, supporting SCU project partners to create long term change. These funds will be split between all teams taking part in the Street Child World Cup Qatar 2022.
Following the Street Child World Cup Moscow 2018, SCU legacy projects reached 10,000 street connected young people from football pitches being built in Egypt, to individuals gaining university scholarships in the Philippines and legal assistance for imprisoned children in Burundi.
The Street Child Cricket World Cup London 2019 saw some outstanding impact too. Young people from Team India North have been leading talks and workshops in their communities promoting children’s rights. Whilst, Team India South have been supporting other young people in their community to secure legal identification. Team Tanzania have been working with the Tanzanian Cricket Association to engage more street-connected young people in their community through cricket and leadership sessions. The Bangladeshi High Commissioner in London, H. E. Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, met with Team Bangladesh and committed to taking their message to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister.
25% For SCU staff and communications to give street connected young people a voice and raise awareness and understanding of their situation so they are protected, respected and supported.
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