ACCRA, Children of school going age must be off the streets pf Ghana by next month, says the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Otiko Afisa Djaba.
Come September, at least the children of school -oing age must be off the streets; it is not only the MoGCSP which is doing this, we are co-ordinating (with other parties), but ownership of the programme must come from all of us, including the parents, she said here Tuesday.
Addressing a stakeholders meeting on the campaign on street children, dubbed Operation Get Off the Street for a Better Life, she said the current prevalence of street children in the country was extremely worrying and their increasing numbers was an indication of the weakened extended family values and governance systems which are increasingly unable to protect and provide for children and care for these very vulnerable people.
As a Ministry we are focusing on the issue today because of the need to stop this harmful and hazardous practice that infringes on the right of the child to education, to play and to be protected from physical, mental and psychological abuse,
said Afisa Djaba.
She said the dignity and full potential of any child, young person and person with disability was under threat for as long as they continue to live and operate on the streets. It is for this reason that we have developed a comprehensive document which will be the basis for the implementation of the programme we are calling Operation Street to Better Life, she said.
She added that the Social Welfare Department had conducted a census on street children in the Greater Accra Region, which revealed that more than 60,000 children lived and worked on the streets.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK