Thu. Dec 1st, 2022

Two (2) Non-Governmental Organizations comprising of Center for Development And Policy Advocacy (CEDEPA) and Coalition of NGOs Against Streetism (CONAS) have collaborated with chiefs, religious leaders and political party leaders of Moglaa, a suburb of Savelugu municipal to fight against streetism and kayaaye.

This was made known at an event to launch of stakeholder meeting at in the community on Friday, March 19, 2021.

Delivering a speech at the occasion, a research fellow at CEDEPA, Mr. Alhassan Ziblim, he indicated that the launch marked the beginning of series of activities to commemorate the 11th International Day for Street Children (IDSC), which falls on April 12, 2021 on the theme for this year’s celebration is “Equality of Access to Essential Social Services for Street Children”.

According to him, a large chunk of street children in Accra are from the Northern Region, which is so disturbing to say the least.

“These activities are all geared towards raising awareness about the problem and to encourage local stakeholders, traditional authorities, religious leaders as well as parents and guardians to join hands with government to ensure that street children enjoy equal access to essential social services such as quality education and skills training, healthcare, decent shelter, clothing and balance diet. This will enable the children have decent and secured livelihoods, and take them off the streets”, he said.

“Recent available statistics indicate that more a quarter of the estimated 60,000 street-connected children in Accra hail from the Northern Region. Similarly, majority of those in Kumasi are from the north of Ghana, who have migrated to these cities for Kayaye. Though exact data is unavailable, anecdotal evidence suggest that Tolon, Savelegu and Kumbungu are among the notable sending districts of Kayaye to these cities”, Mr. Ziblim added.

The participants shared their views on the topic discussed, assuring the organizers that they would do well to spread the message to other parts of the municipality.

Below is the full speech delivered:

SPEECH DELIVERED AT THE LAUNCH OF KEY STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS TO MARK IDSC 2021 IN MOGULAA BY MR. ZIBLIM ALHASSAN, A RESEARCH FELLOW AT CEDEPA

Mr. Chairman, the chief and elders of Mogulaa, the representative from the department of Social Welfare, the Hon. Assemblyman and Unit Committee of the Mogulaa Electoral Area, members of the Coalition of NGOs Against Streetism(CONAS), participants, ladies and gentlemen, I welcome you all to this Community Key Stakeholder Meeting.

This meeting in Mogulaa marks the official launch of a series of activities to commemorate the 11th International Day for Street Children (IDSC), which falls on April 12, 2021. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Equality of Access to Essential Social Services for Street Children”.

From now to April 12, similar stakeholder meetings will be held at Zangbalun and Tolon. There will also be broadcast of drama on radio and television about the problem of child streetism.

These activities are all geared towards raising awareness about the problem and to encourage local stakeholders, traditional authorities, religious leaders as well as parents and guardians to join hands with government to ensure that street children enjoy equal access to essential social services such as quality education and skills training, healthcare, decent shelter, clothing and balance diet. This will enable the children have decent and secured livelihoods, and take them off the streets.

Recent available statistics indicate that more a quarter of the estimated 60,000 street-connected children in Accra hail from the Northern Region. Similarly, majority of those in Kumasi are from the north of Ghana, who have migrated to these cities for Kayaye. Though exact data is unavailable, anecdotal evidence suggest that Tolon, Savelegu and Kumbungu are among the notable sending districts of Kayaye to these cities.

This situation is worrying, because, over the years, the North has increasingly become the breeding ground for Street-connected Children in Ghana’s urban centres. This is a trend that we must all join hands to stop.

I there urge all of you to active interest in the deliberations of this meeting and also ensure that the ideas and strategies emanating from it are put in to practice. Once again, you are all welcome.

Lastly, it is important to point out that the activities for the IDSC 2021 are being implemented by the Centre for Development and Policy Advocacy (CEDEPA) in partnership with the Coalition of NGOs Against Streetism (CONAS) with financial support from Adamfo Ghana, a charity organization based in the Netherlands, founded by Dr. Emmanuel Adu-Ampong and the wife Marre.

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