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, they unite street
children from across five continents to play football and unite in a
unique international conference. Together through football, art and
campaigning their aim is to challenge the negative perceptions and
treatment of street children around the world. - Wikipedia
The official website does not contain much other information: http://streetchildworldcup.org/about-us/ Here is an extract from their FAQ page:
What has it achieved?
The Street Child World Cup’s reach went far beyond football.
The Durban Declaration captured the key themes which the children
taking part believe will transform their lives. This has been presented
to the UN Committee on Human Rights, to central and regional governments
and to civil society organisations. It calls on them to act on the
impunity people experience when abusing street children, for
preventative measures to enable children to stay at home, for investment
in services for street children and for their voices to be heard.
The Street Girls’ Manifesto, created with Plan International at the
conference, became a central part of their 2010 ‘Because I am a Girl’
report, and has been presented to central and regional government and to
major international NGO’s.
In Durban during the 2010 Street Child World Cup a roundup of street
children by the police took place. The media interest this generated and
global outcry led to changes in local policy. There were no police
round-ups of street children in Durban during the FIFA 2010 World Cup
and have not been since. Umthombo, Street Child World Cup hosts, are
contributing to the first nationwide street child strategy in South
The 2010 SCWC received extensive media coverage in South Africa
and around the world through social networking, web and media coverage.
The BBC’s coverage has been nominated for a Bafta Award and global
programmes such as FIFA’s ‘Football Mundial’ featured the Street Child
World Cup. The British Council teaching resources based on the event are
being used in 130 countries and a book of the event and a documentary
film Street Kids United will both be released in 2011.
The art created during the 2010 SCWC was first used to create the
“Interactive Street Child Experience” facilitated by Momentum Arts
artists and local South African artists at the Durban Art Gallery. This
showcased the street children’s talent and highlighted their voices
within a city, a country and a world where they are some of the most
vulnerable and invisible members of the community. This exhibition
lasted for six months and included the FIFA World Cup,
exposing international visitors to street child issues.
The ‘One Voice‘ art exhibition, was held at the Foundling Museum in
London, UK, in September 2010 for three weeks. Using the art created in
Durban during the SCWC 2010, as well as some new pieces made especially
for the exhibition by Momentum Arts artists, One Voice brought the SCWC
to a UK audience. Visited by thousands of people, One Voice was
thought-provoking and emotional, pushing its audience to think how they
could help promote the rights of street children
The Tanzanian team led a discussion with 50 Police Commander Officers
from Mwanza City and Lake Victoria, on the problems that brought them
onto the streets, and the ways they are treated by police. This marked
the start of their own campaign: “No child should have to sleep on the
streets”. In September
2010 the President of Tanzania announced his intention to visit the project.
The victorious Indian team were welcomed back by an exuberant crowd
and extensive coverage in the Indian media. As a result of the Street
Child World Cup exposure, Jatinder Singh was selected to represent India
in the under 16’s World Cup.
In the Philippines as a result of the team’s success a new street
child football project is being set up which seeks to use football to
mentor street children. The Philippine team’s success was one of the top
ten sports stories in 2010 and has been cited as one the reasons for a
resurgence in interest in football.
The Ukrainian team were welcomed home with a reception from the
newly elected mayor. This allowed Depaul to strengthen their presence in
Kharkiv. The Deputy Regional Governor of Kharkiv region accompanied the
team to Durban. This experience has influenced her profoundly and she
is committed to exploring more participative ways of working in the
children’s institutions in Kharkiv.
I find it rather strange that there is no mention anywhere of changing the lives of children living on the streets in any real way. Over the decades it has become clear that organisations like the UN and their related laws and initiatives are essentially impotent, so waving this world cup for street children around like a banner with the support of the UN means nothing when it comes to implementing any real change.
This whole thing is pretty typical of our current approach to global issues: make it a big issue in the media, open a bunch of "charitable organisations", raise a bunch of money and last, but not least, do nothing to actually address the cause of the problem, so ensuring that all that lovely money coming in from donations and all of the good press received by the corporate supporters lives on.
This approach is similar to what magicians and illusionists do: create a distraction over here so that no one pays attention to what's really going on over there. Evidently there are some people who are master illusionists, especially since no one even realises that that is what they are.