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Partner with State to address street kid issues, stakeholders told

CHILD rights activist Godfrey Simukonde has called on stakeholders to partner with Government in improving the livelihood of streetkids in Zambia.
He said street kids need to enjoy the same rights to basic needs just like other children.
Mr Simukonde said in an interview recently that it is disheartening to note that the number of children on the streets keeps increasing and that nothing much is being done about it.
“The solution to address problems faced by street children should not be left to Government alone, but the church and other institutions should work together to find a lasting solution,” he said.
Mr Simukonde said there is political will from Government to improve the lives of street children.
He said most children that grow up on the street end up engaging in criminal activities.
Mr Simukonde, who is also the founder of Godfrey kids centre and initiatives, (GKCI) said some buildings in Lusaka’s central business district have become a death trap for street kids.
He said some street kids are using the buildings to commit suicide while others accidentally fall off with the latest being a child who fell off a tall building on Freedom way.
Mr Simukonde has appealed to government and other stakeholders to quickly find a solution to the increasing number of children on the streets to avoid losing more lives.
He has appealed to the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Child Development to call for an indaba that will allow various stakeholders to deliberate on issues affecting street kids.
GKCI is an institution that provides rehabilitation programmes and counselling services to street children among others.

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