The COVID-19 pandemic has brought forth negligence on our streets. It’s very hard for street-connected children to access basic health needs that may put them at more risk for the virus. These things didn’t begin just now, when we trace the lives of street children, we would notice that they are the least people to enjoy anything even though they are citizens of the county. They barely have access to anything; no security, no shelter, no food, no peace.
We can say we’ve made a little progress in shifting our attention to the plights of street-connected children. More organizations are coming up with great initiatives to address these issues. Starlight Foundation is one of these organizations, most of our initiatives are driven towards eradicating streetism for good. This year`s “Teach Them Young” is being organized around the theme of the International Day for Street Children, “Access For Street Children”. We strongly believe that it is time street-connected children have access to the basic needs of life just like any other child.
The project focuses on empowering the young ones to stay in school and off the street. We believe most children are on the street due to their decision to follow their peers. Targeting these young ones in our schools is a step to ensuring that more children do not join the existing street children. Teaching would center around the risks of streetism and dropping out of school, time management, carrier choice, and decision making.
These schools would also be given some Personal Protective Equipment such as nose masks, hand sanitizers, veronica buckets, washing soaps, and tissues. All these have been powered by Adamfo Ghana as part of their Increasing Impact program, organized around the International Day for Street Children on April, 12th.
Together, we will intentionally groom safety-conscious children for our society.
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