Empower street workers

Outreach work, however, is all too often underestimated. It is a complex job that requires extensive knowledge and experience. Street workers must patiently build on processes that consist of many small steps.

   

Objectives are often hugely complex, and successes generally do not gain the deserved recognition because the process itself is not properly valued. The street worker takes the first steps, builds on foundations. Essential elements, but usually far removed from what a solution is ideally thought to be.

Because building a home without a foundation is not a sustainable investment, Mobile School supports those who engage in this foundational work. We strive for greater recognition of outreach work. We support street workers in their outreach with training and materials.

Mobile School's outreach methodology highlights all the steps of the long road that the child must travel. The change process is linked to making conscious choices. Each step forward is worthwhile, and the child's tempo is crucial.

The starting point of Mobile School's outreach strategy is the child's empowerment process. It is the essence of outreach work and lies at the heart of an open and empathic attitude on the part of the street worker.

We make it possible for children to trust their own unique skills, and allow them to exert influence on their entire process of growth. In this way, the child becomes an active player in his or her own life. Traditional aid strategy focuses on the child's problems, while we look for the positive. In addition, we help children communicate openly about their situation. Consequently, children form a clearer picture of themselves and their environment. By being unconditionally present within this positive framework, the street worker helps the child develop a stronger self-image. This gives children the opportunity to more consciously assess their situation and make their own choices concerning the future.

To realise these objectives, the street worker must also reflect on his or her unique identity, attitudes, and view of the street child. Only when the street worker has consciously dealt with his unique skills, cognitions and creativity, can he guide children in their search process.