We're delighted to bring you Safe Child Africa's Summer newsletter and in this edition we put the focus on Street Children. If you have followed the charity since it's birth back in 2005, you will know that it was the plight of children on the streets, living rough and with no education, that inspired the charity's first project: to fund the building of Stepping Stones Model School. You can read more about how the charity was formed, by our founder Gary Foxcroft, here.
From there we bring you up to date with this year's International Day of the Street Child, which took place in April and also the Day of the African Child, in June. We will be looking at how our partner's at BRCI and the Emergency Accommodation Shelter, marked the day.
And on the subject of our partners, we have Dr Esterxxxx in our Q and A hotseat, talking about the important work that she and her team at SYDTO are doing to help Street Children in Calabar.
Finally this month, we ask you to look to your own streets and communities to support our Street to Street Campaign, which we are launching with the specific aim of supporting our work with street connected children. You can find out how you can help (here).
hat inspired her to set up the fantastic service she runs.
And this month we ask you too look to your own communities with our Street to Street campaign which we are launching to help fund our work to support street connected children. You can read about this here.
The plight of children who end up on the streets because they have been accused of witchcraft, continues.
streetPublic Administration, University of Calabar, reacting on the issue of Skolombo, spoke on the need for mentors and role models for the Nigerian Child.
He said, “It is on record that in spite of government’s concern for Nigerian children in terms of their welfare, there has been a growing spate of parental neglect experienced by most children in the country.
Apart from that, he said, the apparent loss of extended family system as Nigeria’s core socio-cultural value has separated many Nigerian children from their kith and kin.
He added that most Nigerian children are now being subjected to physical and mental violence, sexual abuse, health neglect and all forms of maltreatment, while far apart from their nuclear parents or guardians. Apart from child labour, many Nigerian children have become victims of human trafficking with dehumanising conditions, he said.
A recent study by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) indicated that Nigeria has lost 4,000 children to traffickers. Thousands of them were recently labeled as witches in Akwa Ibom State and exposed to demeaning and dehumanising acts, including premature death.
And apart from deprivation, most Nigerian children suffer moral dislocation and value-disorientation, directly or indirectly fostered on them by adults.
In other words, many Nigerian children tend to live in a society where there are very few mentors and role models to look up to, and this is in spite of the long speeches and fanfare, which often mark the Children’s Day every year.
ON the way forward, Ojah said, “but we must realise that Nigeria’s capacity to compete in a world that is focusing on skills and ability would depend on the quality of its investment in its young population, in fact, through mentors and role models in the society.
Parents as the first socialising unit for children should give them the required attention and impart in them the sound philosophy of modesty, honesty and hard work at an early age. We certainly need to give the children a sound education so that they can compete in today’s knowledge-driven world. We need the right value orientation through good examples, Ojah urged.
He called on states that are yet to domesticate the Child Right Act to have a rethink. Apart from that, adults should stop infringing on the fundamental human rights of children just because they are weak and vulnerable.
Welcome to the Safe Child Africa Summer Newsletter. In this edition we bring you:
SYDRI Q and A
Clubs, Networks etc
Latest from BRCI and updates on stories
International Day of the Streetchild