Assessment on Educational Challenges of Street Children and Coping Mechanism at Dale Dembal Primary School in Tafo City Administration

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The goal for this study was to assess the educational challenges of street children and coping mechanism at Dale Dembal primary school. The study was mainly qualitative. It employed case study research design because it allowed the researcher to conduct in-depth interviews and observation schedules to gather both, factual information systematically and also record the characteristics of interest as they occur. Purposive sampling techniques methods were used to decide respondents. All these data were collected through interview, observation and focus group discussion. The categories of respondents were street children students, family of the street children students, school director, itinerant teachers, peer of street children student and home room teacher. The study revealed that many educational challenges that affect street children as students and they also use different coping mechanism individually and with the support from the school and the community. The cause of all challenges faced street children student are poverty, family divorce, death of family, lack of family planning and family illiteracy. The study recommended that: partnering with local organizations, such as save the children in Ethiopia, that offer school preparation courses along psychosocial support to help street children readjust to mainstream life, facilitating coordination between schools and government to raise awareness of these issues. The school and government has to work on providing street children and families with school starter kits, which include uniforms, exercise books and other materials they may need to start their journey into education. Generally, to solve these problems the researcher recommended the school as they work with community, governmental organization, non-governmental organization and street children themselves



The study was mainly qualitative