“Sometimes it is hell on the streets but when I play football I feel as if I am in heaven” (Thamires, Brazil team 2010)
With the World Cup taking place in Brazil this summer it is an excellent opportunity to use the competition to introduce the topic of street children around the world.
In groups of 3 ask children to find the following countries as quickly as they can on a map of the world (using an atlas or maps/globes): South Africa, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Nicaragua, Philippines, Ukraine, Tanzania and Mauritius. Ask the children what they think these countries have in common (they all have teams going to the next Street Child World Cup in Brazil in 2014).
Tell the children that in 2010 a special football World Cup was held for street children in South Africa. Children came from all over the world to play football and to be given a chance to speak out for children living on the streets.
Show the following 2 minute films ‘More Than A Game’ and ‘The Road to Rio’ looking back to Street Child World Cup in 2010 and looking forward to Rio 2014.
Show your group images of children that are living on the streets and ask them to create two lists. On the first list write words that sum up some of the negative emotions children in these photos might experience and on the second list write some of the positive emotions children living on the streets might experience (e.g. feeling part of a community, feeling strong…)
You could also use the following case studies to help participants consider what life is like on a day-to-day basis for children living on the streets in different countries around the world.
In a large space ask each child to create a house using a cardboard box, shoebox or other item of junk material. Children should make them as colourful as possible. Explain to the group that street children often use junk materials as insulation so they can keep warm at night. Each participant must decorate their house with words taken from the beginning of the session or other words that come to mind when they think about what life would be like on the streets. Ask participants to think of both negative and positive emotions that might be associated with being a street child.
When each individual ‘house of feelings’ has been created students can choose to join them together to create an art exhibition showing some of the aspects of life on the street.
Invite group participants to take a walk around the ‘city’ they have created and to read out loud some of the words that have been written. What are their favourite words? Why? What words are powerful? How do the words make them feel?
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