THE winners of the second Street Child World Cup have been
crowned in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Tanzanian boys' team and
Brazilian girls' team won the tournament, which is organised to
raise awareness of children around the world who live on the street
The competition, which first took place in South Africa before
the last World Cup in 2010, brought together street children from
19 countries, and was visited by the World Cup winners Gilberto
Silva and Bebeto, as well as the Chancellor, George Osborne.
The spirit of international friendship was especially evident
when girls from the Indonesian and Zimbabwean teams invented a
joint "Zimdonesialand" team after enjoying playing together so
Ben Page, a coach of the United States' team, said: "My boys
have been successful on the pitch, but all they have been talking
about is their friendships with other kids. They know that in many
ways they are lucky because they are returning to better conditions
than many of the others."
Alongside the football, the children took part in a conference,
and released a declaration of their rights, which they will take
back to their home countries and to the UN.
The director of Street Child World Cup's Brazilian office, Joe
Hewitt, said: "The message is clear that it is unacceptable that
children should have to live or work on the streets anywhere. . .
Each team will return to their country and lead the way in
demanding that the rights of street children are safeguarded."