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Posted On: 7 December 2021 04:30 pm
Updated On: 7 December 2021 04:51 pm

Qatar to host the Street Child World Cup 2022

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26 teams will represent 22 countries, including Qatar at the next Street Child World Cup (SCWC), participating in an international football tournament, a festival of arts and a congress to champion the rights of underserved children worldwide.

The unique 10-day event, taking place from October 3 – 14, 2022, will welcome 13 girls teams and 13 boys teams to unite on an international stage and share their voices to raise awareness about social issues they care about.

Hosted at Qatar Foundation’s Education City, there will be a strong focus on ‘access to education’, a shared priority for participating teams and SCWC partner Qatar Foundation.

Speaking about the upcoming tournament, Street Child United (SCU) Co-Founder and CEO John Wroe commented:

“We are extremely excited for this highly anticipated fourth Street Child World Cup 2022, our first SCWC in the Middle East. With everything the world has been through these past few years, we need positive, meaningful, heroic stories, and every SCWC delivers them in abundance. We are so grateful to Qatar Foundation for supporting us in hosting this event and putting a spotlight on these inspiring young people so they can tell the world ‘I AM SOMEBODY’.”

Machaille Hassan Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, praised the SCWC, saying: “In Education City, we are always looking at new ways to bring communities together to learn from each other. With the World Cup coming to Qatar in just a year’s time, hosting the SCWC is the perfect way for QF to get in the spirit of welcoming the world by offering a meaningful educational and cultural experience to local and international young people, using the power of football.

“Through the SCWC, SCU are providing the support and safety that is crucial for children who are not often given an opportunity like this to come together, enjoy the fun and freedom, and form meaningful friendships that are embodied in sports events. I am delighted that we are able host SCWC in Qatar and look forward to welcoming the teams in Education City next year.”

Team leaders of the participating organizations arrived in Qatar this week for the SCWC Summit, a preparation event ahead next year’s SCWC. The Summit is an opportunity for the teams to connect with each other, share experience, and learn how to maximise their participation at the SCWC in order to create lasting change in their respective communities.

Over the course of four days, team leaders will gain first-hand experience of Qatari hospitality and culture, tour Doha and Education City, participate in a number of workshops, and visit several schools, including one of the Eco-schools run by Qatar Foundation’s Qatar Green Building Council, where they will learn more about sustainability and the positive actions that can transform behaviours in communities.

Team leaders will also attend WISE 2021, where this year’s theme – ‘Generation Unmute - Reclaiming our future through education’ – will give them greater insights on the topic of accessing education for their young people. SCU will be hosting a spotlight session at WISE with a specific focus on facilitating access to education for all street-connected young people.

Sadock John, a young leader from Tanzania, said:

“I played at the first Street Child World Cup in 2010 and that was the moment my life changed for good – I met my SCU family. By representing my country and taking part in the SCWC, I returned to my community a hero. I am now a leader in my community, helping to inspire the next generation through a local football academy. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities Street Child United have given me and their continued support via the Street Child United Young Leader programme, where I have found confidence and belief that I am somebody.”

Amongst the 26 teams, 10 will be participating at an SCWC for the first time, including three refugee teams – Darfur, Hungary and Zaatari – plus a girls team from Palestine. Other teams new to the SCU family include: Uganda, Nepal, England, Mexico, Peru and Zimbabwe. They will be joined by teams that have previously participated in at least one SCWC and include teams from: Brazil, India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, USA, Burundi, Tanzania, Pakistan, and Mauritius.

Full details of all participating organizations can be found on the SCU website

Cover image credit and source: Press release