India will organize Street Child Cricket World Cup 2023 (SCCWC 2023) to acknowledge the street children worldwide.
Conducted by Save the Children India (Bal Raksha Bharat) and Street Child United, the 10-day event, which will be organised in September, will have 22 teams from 16 nations taking part in it.
The event will have street-connected children and young people take part in a mixed-gender cricket tourney.
SCCWC 2023 is the second version of the competition. The initial event was conducted in London/Cambridge in 2019, where 8 teams participated, and Team India South came out as winners following defeating hosts England in a tough final.
The winners will come back in 2023 to defend their title along with 7 other teams from India who will represent organisations from different regions of the nation.
They will be united by teams from Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burundi, England, Hungary, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
SCCWC is a global stage that gives street children a chance to connect, share their skills and present their demands of human rights to the world – the right to identity, the right to access education, the right to protection from violence, the right to access health care and other fundamental rights that the world’s approximated 150 million street children are often deprived of.
The event will have a prime focus on ‘identity’ and the admittance to services that come with a formal ID and/or birth registration.
Speaking about the aims of the Street Child Cricket World Cup, Street Child United’s founder and CEO John Wroe stated, “The SCCWC will be a catalyst for one million young people globally receiving identity for the very first time.”
“This is a unique event that can show the world how cricket is helping give street children a voice to challenge the negative perceptions associated with their situation,” he added.
“It is a universal call for governments to ensure that street children everywhere are better protected, and granted access to basic services that so many of us take for granted,” he ended.