Representatives of street child organisations from twenty countries will arrive in Cambridge on Monday 23 September to discuss the global community’s response with street-connected children. It is estimated that millions of children are living or working on the streets and are in need of urgent protection, shelter, rehabilitation and support to leave street life behind.
John Wroe, Chief Executive of Street Child United:
“We are delighted to be back in Cambridge where the Road to Rio began. We welcome our partner organisations who are the experts on the frontline so that we might listen and learn and give them a platform to be heard.”
The summit will take place at the newly re-opened Centre @ St Paul’s, Hills Road and will cover topics including advocacy with street children, gender and identity on the streets, psychosocial support and sports for development. Project leaders from over 20 countries will be sharing their expertise and best practice as part of the summit itinerary.
The Cambridge Summit will be followed in March 2014 by the Street Child World Cup itself, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The tournament will unite over 200 former street children on and off the field to raise awareness of the rights of street children across the world. In advance of this, the Summit in Cambridge will form an essential planning event for the team leaders, who will be preparing each team of former street children to become ambassadors and advocates in Brazil, representing their country and the millions of children who still have to live on the streets.
One of those in attendance at the Cambridge Summit will be Mutani Yangwe who founded Team Tanzania:
“The global community is failing street children. The Cambridge Summit is a unique opportunity to help change this through sharing experiences, learning from others and uniting across the world in support of street children.”
The Changing the Game summit is made possible through the support of Deutsche Bank and the StreetSmart Foundation.
“No child should have to live on the streets and I fully endorse this campaign giving street children a voice to claim their rights”
“When ever people come across me they laugh. It seems like my mouth is zipped because they talk for us. I wish they could give us a chance to talk for ourselves.”
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support.”