Social and Economic Problems of Integrated Female Street Children in Regular Schools of Adama Town

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Addis Ababa University


This study allempted 10 find out the social and economic problems of integrated street girls in some regular schools of Adama town. Qualitative method of study was employed to col/ect data. Participants were six street girls of day and night program aflendants, who were beneficiaries of the organization, Forum on Street Children Ethiopia (FSCE), Adama Branch, three school principals, nine teachers (five females and four males), seven non-street students, the social worker of the Drop in Center and the Counselor of FSCE-Adama Branch. The main method of data collection \lias interview. In addition, focus group discussion and informal talk were used to support the data obtained through the interview. • • The study found out that the integration of the girls has both positive and negative impact socially, economically and educationally. The main social problems of the children are prejudice established by the school community due to the pre-determined negative altitude of the society, Absence of friendship with non- street peers in the school, lack of understanding, trust and respect by staff are some of the problems. Revenge actions of the streel children towards the negative altitudes of the school community are also found as problems . Economic problems are also found to be obstacles of the integrated children to pursue their educalion. Lack of food, poor quality or absence of shelter, clothing, and school materials, inability to pay school related fees are related problems oflhe children. • II seems that the social and economic problems of the girls are highly interrelated. One leads to Ihe other. Likewise, their social problems aggravate Iheir poverty. This influences the girls 10 lead their life by begging and through prostitution and related problems. According to the findings, the integrated street girls are facing many problems to pursue education. Thus, different intervention measures should be laken to overcome their social and economic problems



Female Street Children in Regular Schools