Ongoing Project (2014-2016)
Efforts of the Arab Council for Childhood & Development:
The problem of Street children is deemed to be one of the most prominent and growing social problems, especially in the context of an environment that contributes to increasing such problem, whether economically, politically, or socially. The Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD) has been one of the first Arab organizations that highlighted this issue and exerted efforts in this field since 1990s, through the pioneering initiative of HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdel Aziz, the President of ACCD.
In this respect, ACCD has adopted a number of strategic approaches that aimed at empowering and protecting street children, and changing the negative perception towards them in accordance with networking, coordination, and participation principles.
In this context, ACCD has developed numerous studies, researches, and training manuals, as well as holding conferences, seminars, and workshops, in addition to implementing theProject of "Street Children Protection" in five Arab countries: Egypt - Morocco - Sudan - Yemen - Lebanon.
ACCD extends its efforts and initiates to a new phase through implementing the Project of "The Inclusion of Street Children through Education for Hope" under the slogan "I have chosen hope", in partnership with the Ministry of Social Solidarity in Egypt, funded by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND), and in cooperation with a number of other partners. ACCD targets to implement a model and replicate it in other Arab countries.
The implementation of this Project is in accordance with the content of the Egyptian Constitution (2014) concerning activating rights of the Egyptian child and in accordance with social justice principles and the right of citizenship for all. As well, in the context of the Egyptian government efforts towards rehabilitating street children, ACCD has signed a Cooperation Protocol with the Ministry of Social Solidarity on the 7th of May 2014 in Cairo, in order to implement this Project in the institution of "Door Eltarbiya" in Giza Governorate.
This Project aims at providing inclusion and rehabilitation for 1000 street children, and depends on a vision that stems from inclusion and rehabilitation of street children in a humanitarian decent life, in proper tracks of educational, professional, artistic, and sportive aspects; a matter that can be achieved through implementing a package of programs that depend on gaining confidence, education for hope, self-discovery, as well as developing life skills eligible for social inclusion; being a child right granted by international and Arab conventions and agreements, further to the Egyptian Constitution. It is also deemed to be an essential component in the process of comprehensive social upbringing that establishes effective and enlightened human capital.
The Project aims at:
Providing social inclusion and rehabilitation for 1000 of street children, through education for hope, and is based on four aspects:
1- Rehabilitating children through promoting children self-respect and developing their knowledge, as well as empowering them educationally and economically.
2- Promoting enabling environments through legislation, governance of residential care institutions, and networking among all concerned parties.
3- Building capacities of those working with street children, to ensure the success and continuity of integrating children.
4- Advocacy - the media context to build a new culture.
The implementation strategy of this project stems from a comprehensive reform based on viewing the institution (residential care institution) as a total unit for institution based reform.
This Project is distinguished as it ensures the following:
First: new methodology for child upbringing, through awareness and self-awakening.
Second: sustainability through the provision of training manuals, qualified cadres, accumulated experiences, and reformed institutions in administrative and knowledge manners, as well as the availability of high and scientific committees to monitor and amend the Project.
Third: Extending the project to other institutions using the developed capabilities; this means that extension and sustainability are cost-effectively achievable in cooperation with the Egyptian government.
Stages of Children's Rehabilitation and Inclusion Program:
1- Children's preparation and self-discovery, through various arts and psychological counseling, social guidance, and dialogue sessions, as well as, programs of physical and health education, in addition to literacy programs.
2- Empowering children with life skills.
3- Empowering children, through literacy and education.
4- Inclusion of children in a specific life track.
5- Inclusion in public life, and future follow up programs.
Expected outcomes of the Project:
It is expected that this project will lead to the following:
- Studying legislation related to street children.
- Developing systems of governance in residential care institutions.
- Capacity building of social and psychological workers to handle street children issues.
- Rehabilitation and inclusion of 1000 street children using the program of education for hope, literacy, and artistic and cultural activities.
- Extending advocacy for the rights of street children.
- The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND)
- The Ministry of Social Solidarity
- The Ministry of Education
- The Ministry of Justice
- General Institution for Literacy and Adult Education
- Terre des Hommes International Federation
- Wataniya Society for Development of Orphanages
- Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS)