The 8th International Day for Street Children takes place on 12th April 2018, providing a platform for millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored. Support continues to grow, and the day is now celebrated in over 130 countries by street children, NGOs, celebrities, policy makers, businesses, and individuals around the world. We want to take this opportunity to speak out for street children in Ghana.
Every year we organise a number of activities in Kumasi to celebrate the International Day. We specifically ask the Ghanaian authorities to show more interest in the issue of street children and to develop policies that include structural solutions for this phenomenon. Street children should be empowered to stand up for their rights and get more support from their families, communities and the authorities. Of equal importance is to raise awareness among the general public. Parents, schools and communities need to become more aware of the challenges and dangers that street children face on a daily basis, and the risks of dropping out of school and becoming a ‘street child’.
International Day for Street Children 2018
From March until 12th April we are organising with our partner a number of different activities in Kumasi to celebrate the International Day for Street Children. This includes visits to primary and secondary schools, and community buildings; conducting radio- and TV interviews; and former street children sharing their experiences with the public. The aim of these activities is to raise awareness and educate the public on the risk of children working/living on the streets in Ghana. We want to prevent children of dropping out of school and starting life on the streets. We estimate to reach appr. 20.000 people with our activities; schoolchildren, teachers and other staff of schools, church and community leaders, street children, university students and staff, and the general public through coverage by TV, radio and other media. On 12th of April our partner will hold a stakeholder-forum approaching local stakeholders to develop suitable policies and support for street children, and recording their commitments for future follow-up.
International Day for Street Children 2016
On the 12th of April more than 500 street children and many of their supporters including students and staff of the Street Children Project joined together in a float through the city centre of Kumasi. Before starting off the children received a t-shirt that they could wear and take with them afterwards. During the march the children carried placards with different inscriptions, calling for more support and understanding to the situation of street children and respect of their rights as children and citizens of Ghana.
The float ended at the drop-in-centre of the Street Children Project. Two representatives each from the Child Trafficking Unit and Social Welfare of Kumasi honoured the occasion with their presence to demonstrate their support for children in street situation. Local media were also invited to report on the day through radio, tv and local news papers. Finally, the day ended with a celebration and meal for the children.
This project was supported by XminY.
Internationale Dag voor Straatkinderen 2015
In 2015 we organised a celebration of the International Day for Street Children similar to the one of 2016. The event involved a march through the city centre, addressing the local authorities and media, and ending with a celebration with food and music at the drop-in-centre of SCP.
This project was supported by Uden Wereldwijd.