Street Children Situation In Ghana: Media Interaction On Data Gap On Street Connected Children

Global Alliance for Street Children Work on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 held a media interaction in Kumasi on data gap on street-connected children in greater Kumasi. This came into force after some opinion leaders gathered that street children exist in every country in the world, where they face abuse, stigmatization, discrimination and appalling violations of their rights.

Street Children Situation In Ghana: Media Interaction On Data Gap On Street Connected Children

Global Alliance for Street Children Work on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 held a media interaction in Kumasi on data gap on street-connected children in greater Kumasi.

This came into force after some opinion leaders gathered that street children exist in every country in the world, where they face abuse, stigmatization, discrimination and appalling violations of their rights.

Against this backdrop, action is urgently needed to and data is likely key. According to UN published general comment on children in the street situation on July, 6th 2017, which states data are not systematically collected or disaggregated, so it is not known how many children are in street situations.

It is estimated that in Ghana 61, 492 children live and work on the streets according to the Department of Social Welfare and Ricercare Cooperation in 2007-2011. About 76% of children are migrant, 18% are urban poor while 8% are street mothers. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are thousands of children living and working on the streets, and the number is growing in both Accra and Kumasi.

In 2013 Safe Child Advocacy conducted a headcount in Kumasi and counted about 20, 000 children on the streets of Kumasi. In August same year Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS), also held headcount in the central business district and counted 7, 831 street children while another group Street Child Development Foundation also counted about 30, 000 kayaye and driver’s mate in Kumasi.

With this regard, three organizations that formed the Global Alliance for Street Work will commence headcount on data collection on street children in the greater Kumasi from October 4, to October 16 2021.

Fox News reporter Isaac Nsiah Foster spoke to Tijani Mahmoud programs Coordinator for MFCS. We also spoke to some of the Kayayes to establish what they are currently going through.