This year, Starlight Foundation has taken a twist in its Teach Them Young initiative by involving communities and their opinion leaders. This is because we are giving out more blame than responsibility. It is only after the worst has happened before we look for who is responsible, and apportion blame so that we do not feel guilty. But we are all guilty because we saw the changes in some of the children in our communities and decided to blame whoever needs to be blamed than ourselves.
Anybody’s child can end up on the street or in a fire or road accident. Yes, we need more fire safety tools in our homes and schools. Yes, the government needs to construct safe roads and help clear the street of children begging for alms but what have we done as individuals and as a community. We are no longer accepting the excuse of ‘I didn’t know what to do’. Starlight Foundation and Adamfo Ghana have taken this sermon to churches and within the communities.
Whiles this education is ongoing, we aim to recruit as many Child Safety Ambassadors as we can, our advocacy for the eradication of Streetism is not a one-day affair nor a one man’s job. This is a journey of clearing our years of negligence and irresponsibility. We are involved in making this right for our children and the great future we seek for them.
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