Programme for the Education of Children in Difficult Circumstances

Street and Working Children


Who are they?

 

Background to the Programme

At the World Conference on Education for All (Jomtien, Thailand, 1990), the International Community declared that "basic education should be provided to all children, youth and adults…the poor, street and working children should not suffer any discrimination in access to learning opportunities".

As a follow-up to this Conference, UNESCO launched a World Programme for the Education of Street and Working Children, the main objective of which is to facilitate access to basic education and vocational training for these children and young people by addressing their survival and educational needs.

 

What does the Programme do?

Programme activities set up since 1990 are:

  • Awareness-raising and advocacy work among decision-makers and the general public with special emphasis on the promotion of the political will of governments to act against the social exclusion of children and young people
  • Financial support to grassroots-level projects and programmes and technical co-operation with grassroots professionals (e.g. training of street children educators and social workers; enhancement of professional capacities of the police and children’s lawyers)
  • Networking of projects and promotion of partnerships in Member States of the Organization to meet the priority needs of street and working children, their educators and programme managers
  • Launching special projects jointly with governments and NGOs for sustainable provision of education for street and working children

 

Programme for the Education of Children in Difficult Circumstances
Street and Working Children

UNESCO
ED/BAS/SNE
7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 - France

Tel: 33 (0) 1 45 68 21 18/ 11 73 / 09 44
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