Advocacy among Street Children in Trinidad and Tobago

By Gabriel Julien.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This action research was conducted over five years. It examined, very carefully, the lives of seven street children who live in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The ages of the children are from seven to fifteen and this range reflects the ages as reported by the children themselves, none were below seven or above fifteen years old. Pseudonyms were used for the children, adults, institutions and geographic locations. The names of the children are as follows: Aaron, Alfred, Anton, Alexis, Ariel, Andy, and Antonio. The children claimed that they live on the streets due to several economic, social and political factors. Some of the major reasons given are: poverty, deceased parents and violence at home. Permission, to conduct this research, was obtained from the children. The instruments used to collect data were interviews and participant observations. An action research which lead to a case study was done. An attempt was also made to triangulate the data. Data revealed that these seven children are cognizant of issues that affect them; however they very often “mask” their voices and sentiments.

Keywords: Advocacy, Masked, Listen, Voices, Perspectives

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 3, pp.69-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.213MB).

Dr. Gabriel Julien

Principal (Secondary), Ministry of Education, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago

Gabriel Julien Ph.D., was an educator in a Secondary School, for some ten years. He served as Vice Principal in a Secondary School for three years. At present he is the Principal of a Secondary School. He has done extensive action research among street children in Trinidad and certain parts of Latin America. As part of his research, Dr. Julien spent significant time listening to children and trying to decode their voices as accurately as possible. Today, he continues to work among street children in his own country. Dr. Julien is a part-time lecturer at the Arthur Loc Jack School of Graduate Business and also at the School of Continuing Studies, University of the West Indies. He is also an external evaluator with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago.

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