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The International Day for Street Children, observed on April 12 each year, holds significant importance in raising awareness about the challenges faced by children living on the streets and advocating for their rights. This day serves as a platform to highlight the plight of street children worldwide and emphasizes the need for their rehabilitation and integration into safe and nurturing environments.

The history of the International Day for Street Children can be traced back to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The convention recognized the fundamental rights that all children should enjoy, including access to a stable and caring environment, healthcare, education, and the opportunity to live with dignity and freedom. Unfortunately, street children often lack these basic rights.

Organizations like the Consortium for Street Children (C.S.C.) have been working tirelessly to address the challenges faced by street children. The Four Steps to Equality, proposed by the C.S.C., encompass commitments to equality, protection of every child, access to services, and the development of innovative solutions. These steps aim to alleviate the dangers faced by street children and improve their overall well-being.

Recent statistics indicate that approximately 150 million children worldwide live on the streets. These children may be accompanied by their families or be orphaned with no support system. The reasons for children ending up on the streets are numerous and often tragic.

They may include the impact of war and conflict, family rejection, abuse, health issues, or coercion into criminal activities. Regardless of the reasons, street children are deprived of basic human rights, including education, healthcare, and opportunities for a dignified life.

The International Day for Street Children serves as a reminder of the urgent need to address these issues and take collective action. Governments, human rights organizations, and individuals play a crucial role in advocating for the rights of street children, providing them with shelter, education, healthcare, and the necessary support to reintegrate into society.

By observing this day and spreading awareness, we can contribute to the efforts aimed at improving the lives of street children and ensuring their rights are not ignored.

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