Street Children Awareness Month launched

13 Apr 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare officially launched National Street Children Month here on Friday.
The month is aimed at creating awareness of the street children phenomenon among stakeholders. Its launch coincided with the International Day for Street Children, which is observed on 12 April.
In a speech read on her behalf, Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka said activities with various stakeholders are lined up for the month of April to sensitise and stimulate discussions on the plight of street children.
These stakeholders include politicians, service providers, families, individuals, and non-governmental organisations, captains of industry, development partners, families and the community at large.
“This is surely not only an issue for the ministry alone, because children’s issues are our collective responsibility and as a matter of fact, the children must have come from somewhere,” she said.
Sioka further explained that various platforms such as electronic, print and social media will be used to create awareness of the plight of the children living and working on the street.
The minister commended community volunteers who work tirelessly with these children on a daily basis and who without any remuneration, use their valuable time to engage with the children.
The theme for the month is ‘Children living and working on the street - leave no child behind for Namibia’s development’.