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ONDE Committed to Mobilizing African Cities and Supporting Them to Protect Street Children, Bazir

Marrakesh  -  
The National Observatory for Children's Rights (ONDE) is committed to mobilizing African cities and supporting them to ensure the protection and dignity of Street Children, the body’s Executive Director, Lamia Bazir, said here on Saturday.
ONDE Committed to Mobilizing African Cities and Supporting Them to Protect Street Children, Bazir
24 November 2018

The Observatory commits itself to REFELA and the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-Africa) to mobilize African cities and provide them with support, expertise, capacity building and monitoring to put childhood at the heart of urban policies and reduce or even eradicate the number of street children, Bazir said in a speech at the official launch ceremony of pan-African campaign "African Cities without Street Children", which was chaired by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem.

With support from UNICEF, the Observatory aims to promote momentum in Morocco, starting with Rabat like its sister cities in Africa, she said.

By opting for the city and territories as a gateway to the issue of childhood, this collaboration between ONDE, REFELA and UCLG-Africa will strengthen the closeness of leaders to children, and contribute to sharing good practices between African cities, she added.

Each city adhering to this campaign will have to follow a roadmap built on 5 key phases, namely, the elaboration of a city strategy focused on children to be introduced in the communal action plan with a child-oriented budget, strengthening preventive and proactive actions at the level of families, urbanization, access to services, recreation activities, communication, health, and the existence of focal points, the official explained.

Bazir also mentioned the creation of an urban information & watch system that includes street educators and reporting and guidance platforms such as the 2511 toll-free number in Morocco as well as allotting human resources and support and care mechanisms for children such as social services, providing psychological, social and medical support, as well as voluntary and adapted integration in families or institutions, re-schooling and the establishment of new generation multipurpose centers, in addition to the annual assessment of progress and experience sharing between African cities.

The problem of street children is often rightly perceived as a complex issue, given the array of factors that cause or exacerbate the phenomenon such as poverty, exodus from the countryside, child labor and school dropping to name a few, she said, while stressing that no actor should choose the easy way out of this problem by adopting standard solutions.

Last modified : 24 November 2018

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