I Play, I Learn and I’m Safe
A programme for preventing unsafe migration of children in Ethiopia and Bangladesh by promoting protection, education and play for children on the move.
Millions of children are on the move today, both within and between countries, with or without their parents.The reasons for children to migrate can be poverty, natural disaster, conflict, abuse, lack of education opportunities and lack of life opportunities.
Through the Let’s Play for Change campaign the IKEA Foundation is supporting our programme ‘I Play, I Learn and I’m Safe’ which is using play as an activity, a method to learn and a method to heal.
Save the Children works hand in hand with children on the move to ensure they learn, play and are protected.
Meet the children – Rasel in Bangladesh
Rasel is 11 years old and one of hundreds of children living and working on the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, that come to the centres set up by Save the Children around the city.
“At the centre, there is a shower and a toilet. There is also the opportunity to play.”
Meet the children – Tirusew in Ethiopia
Tirusew came from his village to the city with a promise of work, money and a better life. Just like thousands of children coming to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
“I got money by washing cars. At the bus terminal you can get money, but sometimes you don’t get anything, not even food.”
Meet the children – Sheuli in Bangladesh
Sheuli,14 years old, recently migrated with her parents to Rajshahi in north-western Bangladesh. She comes to the Socialisation Centre set up by Save the Children, twice a day, before and after school. Apart from playing here, she’s been given educational support.
Meet the children – Arka in Ethiopia
Arka has been a day labourer in Arba Minch in southern Ethiopia for three years. He came on his own from his village to escape from home and earn money.
“To begin with, work here was good. But now, I just want to go home.”
Meet the staff – Mark Pierce, Country Director in Bangladesh
Mark Pierce is Save the Children’s Country Director in Bangladesh.
“This project is not just about play. It is also about learning, and making sure that children are safe in their communities or on the streets.”
Meet the staff – Nurjahan in Bangladesh
Nurjahan Akhter is in charge of a centre for street children in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
“Play helps build trust and eventually a relationship which enables me to help them in the best possible way.”
Meet the staff – Henok Dana in Ethiopia
Henok Dana is a social worker at a centre for street children supported by Save the Children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“If a child is not enjoying themselves, or playing with their friends, their future life is not bright. Here at the centre they can play.”
Meet the staff – Mojib from Bangladesh
Mojib Ul-Hasan has worked for Save the Children for 11 years. Now he is leading a project he believes will change the lives of children on the move.
“Unsafe migration and trafficking are key child protection problems here.”
Meet the children – Akash in Bangladesh
Akash lives on the streets around the main railway station in Dhaka. He has moved to Dhaka on his own.
“I sleep in a sack on the ground when I’m on the streets. I sleep alone. If I sleep in a group, they steal my money.”
Meet the children – Fiker and Kinfe in Ethiopia
Fiker and Kinfe (not their real names) are friends and live at a busy bus station in Addis Ababa. Both are migrants and live on the streets close to the station.
“To find money, we search for day jobs here at the station. Some people also give me money,” Kinfe says
Meet the staff – Abubeker from Ethiopia
Abubeker Naser has worked in child protection for his entire career, and from November 2016 has taken the lead in the new project in Ethiopia.
“I strongly believe we can make a lasting and positive change for these children.”