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Which rights are homeless people not able to access?

On Thursday 9th June, he children in Beech class stood up for the rights of Homeless people in Kentish Town, London and the world.

We discovered, through our own research, that 1 in 25 children in the UK are homeless and this figures rises to 1 in 10 in London. Can you imagine being able to concentrate in school if you haven’t got a stable home or place to sleep? Do you think you would access the right to a good quality education? (A28)

What do you think life is like for people on the streets? Beech class had some experience on Thursday night – the noise of the trains, which ran ALL night long, as well as the noise of the police sirens were really loud.

It was also really cold – despite the fact that it had been a really warm day! Many children had damp pillows and really felt the cold in the middle of the night.

At 4am, the playground was flooded with light – this made it really hard to sleep!

Trying to concentrate in school the next day was difficult as the children were really tired. Can you imagine trying to be able to focus on finding something to eat; somewhere to sleep for the next night; being able to look after your belongings; trying to fill in forms to access housing or apply for a job? All when you’ve had very little sleep and your brain is unable to think properly… This is the reality for people on the streets.

What do you think about what Beech class have done? Do you have any ideas about how we can stand up for children’s rights around the world? How about the rights of refugees, seeing as it World Refugee Day on June 20th.

Let us know your thoughts!