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Street-connected children from Tanzania demand change at SCCWC 2019

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By SCU Media Team, UK
Street-connected young people from Tanzania participated in the semi-finals of the first ever Street Child Cricket World Cup yesterday, playing at the home of cricket, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK.

In their semi-final game against Team England, the young Tanzanian team put in a powerful batting performance, as we have come to expect from them over the last three days, but just lost out to the strong England team in the super over by one run. The team should be immensely proud of their performance today.

The Street Child Cricket World Cup has united street-connected young people from seven countries to play in their own international cricket tournament to challenge negative perceptions and treatment of street-connected people from around the world.

Lord’s, the most prominent cricket venue in the world and dubbed the ‘Home of Cricket’, set the backdrop to the Street Child Cricket World Cup Final. The venue has been host to world famous cricketers over hundreds of years, including Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Alastair Cook.

The young people played on the main ground of Lord’s, the same spot that will set the stage for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup later this month. The teams also visited the Pavilion, participated in a presentation in the Long Room and received the same hospitality that professional teams receive on match day.

The teams also took part in the General Assembly, which lies at the heart of the Street Child Cricket World Cup. In the Thomas Lord suite at Lord's, the young people were able to speak on behalf of street-connected young people from across the world in front of an audience of politicians, leaders and the global media. This followed a series of preparatory Congress sessions, led by Street Child United partners StreetInvest, Baker McKenzie LLP and the Consortium for Street Children, in which the young people discussed their lived experiences, learned about their rights and were equipped with the skills to be advocates for change.

At the General Assembly, Team Tanzania said: “On the streets, children face physical, psychological and sexual violence. Every one of us has the responsibility to protect children and we would like to see children living in safe, supportive environments. We are children, and we want the government to protect children and to give them social services including education, better healthcare and all the rights that other children have so that we can grow and develop. We would like this message to reach everybody - children, adults, police, community and the government.”

John Wroe, Co-Founder and CEO of Street Child United, said: “The Street Child Cricket World Cup has created a global platform for street-connected young people to be heard. We couldn’t have done this without the help of MCC’s generous hospitality. All of us here at Street Child United are extremely thankful to the young people, and to all those involved, who made this remarkable day possible.”

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