oa Africa Insight - Education : "street-wise": opening the way to self-actualization for the street child

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



""Street-wise"" is a pioneer education programme designed to meet the special needs of the South African street child. A response to the felt needs of the children themselves, it is geared to the restoration of the dignity of the individual children and the fulfillment of their potential. The project programme is offered free of charge to the children and attendance is voluntary. Though still in the developmental stage and therefore operating only in Johannesburg, keen interest has been expressed in the project by persons throughout South Africa who work with street children. ""Street-wise"" operates autonomously under the auspices of the Homes and Orphans Fund and relies exclusively on donations from the private and commercial sector to remain in operation. In this article Jill Swart, lecturer in the department of anthropology at the University of South Africa, provides a firsthand survey of Street-wise operations.

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