The implications of education for all for street children: a case of child beggars in the city of Mwanza, Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study sought to determine the implications of EFA for child beggars. Qualitative research approach and case study design guided this study. Two wards, two primary schools and two street children centres were included in the study. Four methods employed to obtain information and data were interviews, focus group discussion, observation, and document search. Findings revealed that when child beggars were enrolled in school they did improve their behaviour positively when properly handled. The sampled primary schools/street children centres face challenges in handling them. Teachers and head teachers in sampled schools were aware through organized meetings to pursue EFA commitment. However, the schools or children centres did not have enough funds to support EFA programs effectively. Most of the child beggars had negative attitude towards begging practices but they were compelled to so by economic and social circumstances. It was revealed that child beggars’ highest needs were to get enrolled / back to school and re-integrated with their families. Recommendations given were that a sound policy for child beggars must be formulated to combat begging practices, family planning education should be given to the community to create awareness and centralized activities at MoEVT should be decentralized to enhance government efficiency
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF HV887.T34M68)
Street children, Child beggars, Education, Mwanza City, Tanzania
Mpugi, A. (2015) The implications of education for all for street Children: a case of child beggars in the city of Mwanza, Tanzania, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam