Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1921

Full Length Research Paper

Listen to the voices of street children: A case study in Trinidad and Tobago

Gabriel Julien
  • Gabriel Julien
  • Programme Delivery Department, Open Campus, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Open Campus Trinidad and Tobago.
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  •  Received: 12 March 2021
  •  Accepted: 30 April 2021
  •  Published: 31 May 2021

Abstract

This research was conducted at Sunshine in Trinidad and Tobago and highlights the voices of seventeen street children. Although they live at Sunshine many of them continue to frequent the streets. Published research indicates that there exists a paucity of information about the lives and experiences of these children. It is important that professionals and policy makers pay particular attention and consideration to the voices of these children especially when they formulate policies that pertain to their lives. A case study was conducted to carefully ascertain as accurately as possible their experiences. Semi-structured interviews and open-ended questionnaire were also employed. Data revealed that listening is necessary to try to understand the lives and perspectives of these children. Although it is difficult and demanding, it is strongly suggested that professionals, policy makers and indeed all citizens listen carefully to the voices of these children to bring about some meaningful change.

 

Key words: Street children, listen, voices case study.