13 April 2018

Mauritius: Nine Girls to Participate in Street Child World Cup 2018 in Moscow

press release

The Third Street Child World Cup (SCWC) 2018 aiming to advocate the cause of street children and also to bring a change in the treatment of street children will be held in Moscow from 10 to 18 May. Nine girls under the guardianship of SAFIRE (Child Support Training, Integration and Rehabilitation Service) have been selected to participate in the SCWC.

This announcement was made by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Stephan Toussaint, yesterday at a press conference in Port Louis. He highlighted that the SCWC is an international sporting event which brings together street children from around the world and has as objective to change the negative perceptions towards street children. The competition, he pointed out will be held as a prelude to the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Addressing the beneficiaries, the Minister underlined that they will participate in the international football tournament, the festival of arts and a congress to advance the rights of street children in Moscow. The event will also be an opportunity for cultural exchanges as the girls will meet some two hundred street children from several countries, he added.

Minister Toussaint expressed his gratitude to SAFIRE and the sponsors and lauded their strong commitment in supporting street children. Speaking about the country's participation at the SCWC, he highlighted that his Ministry is providing several facilities in terms of logistics, training and equipment to help the beneficiaries improve their training preparations in view of the SCWC.

Street Child World Cup

The Street Child World Cup is a global movement for street children to receive the protection and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Ahead of each FIFA World Cup, the SCWC unite street children from across the world to play football. Their aim is to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children through football and art around the world and inspire a brighter, safer future for street children.

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