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Cities invited to apply for “Streets for Kids” training and funds

Applications are open for cities to join the Streets for Kids programme, part of NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative. Twelve global cities will be selected to receive either technical assistance or one-off workshops on street designs that create safe public spaces for kids of all ages and abilities to learn, play and move around a city.

Streets for Kids, is a multi-year program that will run until early 2021. The program delivers new technical guidance and advance street designs that create safe public spaces for kids of all ages to learn, play, and move around a city. It is funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Botnar Foundation, and the FIA Foundation.

Skye Duncan, Director of the NACTO Global Designing Cities Initiative has said: “The urban street conditions we’ve created for the majority of children around the world are unforgivable. It’s inexcusable for us to not take action, and the Streets for Kids program will create a clear set of guidelines for designing streets that put safety, environmental health, and social environments at the forefront of how we design our cities for our most vulnerable users.”

Streets for Kids aims to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and empower communities to make cities around the world better for children and their caregivers. It looks at cities through the lens of children and their caregivers. Four cities will receive technical guidance and limited matching funds through 2021, which will follow in-depth training tailored to each location. Eight further cities will receive similar tailored training. All cities are eligible, and cities in low- and middle-income countries will be prioritized.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. ET (New York City time). Read more and apply here.

Author: Julia Zvobgo

Julia Zvobgo is a Cultural Anthropologist. She is also the Community Manager and Events Manager of Child in the City.

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