Officials of Global Alliance for Street Work (Network for Street Children) have launched a report; comprehensive data on the number of street connected children aged 0-18 years living and working on the streets in the CBD of Kumasi.
Report on the findings from observational quantity headcount conducted by the organization in October 2021 has established that a total of 6,693 street connected children falling within the above-mentioned age bracket are currently on the streets of Kumasi.
Out of the total, 2,468 were recorded as males and 4,180 females.
Per the report, more than half of the captured street connected children were in the oldest age-range of 13-17 years (50.6%).
21% were aged 0-5 years and 19.2% were aged 6-12.
Out of the 6,693 50.6% were not engaged in any economic activity, while 24.5% were engaged in casual work.
10.9% were engaged in begging with 7.4% and 4.3% doing movable and fixed businesses respectively.
The head count covered the following areas including Kumasi;
1. Adum/Railways market, PZ area and Pampaso
2. Central Market, Kejetia market, 31st Market and Roman Hill
3. Dr. Mensah, Aboabo Station, Alabar, Suame and Adehyeman
4. Racecourse, Suame roundabout, Suame market, Bantama market
5. Asafo Market, Asafo lorry terminal, Abinkyi market, and Labour roundabout
6. Amakom Traffic light, Oforikrom market, Anloga Junction, Tech Junction and Ayigya market.
Presentation on the report was done during a Seminar held in Kumasi by Tijani Mohammed- West Africa Coordinator for Global Alliance for Streetwork.
As part of the presentation, Tijani Mohammed made recommendations towards ensuring that the rights of street connected children in Kumasi and Ghana are protected.
Reviving the child protection systems in the country and ensuring that all street-connected children are integrated into this system from the district to the national levels.
Working to ensure that street-connected children have access to health, social and education systems through promoting partnership among CSOs and government agencies among others.
At the seminar, Metro Director for Social Welfare Madam Esther Apraku said she was so much overwhelmed by the findings.
She commended the team for the delivery and challenged all stakeholders to support in the fight against the canker.
ABOUT THE HEADCOUNT
The aim of the headcount was to establish realistic and timely numbers if street-connected children to reach a deeper understanding of the demographics of the population.
It was initiated by three partner organizations; Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS), Chance for Children (CFC) and Safe-Child Advocacy (SCA). The headcount was jointly funded by the above-mentioned organisations.
It was delivered by StreetInvest’s Global Trainer based in Kumasi and working with MFCS with some from management members from other two partner organizations.