As Uganda joins the rest of the African Countries this Saturday to mark and celebrate the Day of the African Child, the Executive Director Dwelling Places (an organization championing the right to accommodation of street children), Damon Wamara has appealed to government and stakeholders to scale up empowerment and participation of all children in all spheres.
This year’s celebrations are running under the theme, “Leave No Child Behind for Uganda’s Development.” The main celebrations are taking place in Kibaale District.
Wamara said in line with the year’s theme, a lot still needs to be done in as far as bringing all children on board for the development of the country since they have a great impact on the country’s population.
Wamara said that a number of children are left out even in the planning of the country, especially the disabled, those in conflict with the law as well as street children.
“The Children constitute the biggest part of the country’s population but considering what directly goes to them is very minimal as well as what is allocated to the Ministry of Gender to handle children’s issues,” Wamara said, adding that when it comes to the street children, little is done to ensure that their rights are upheld.
“Even when they go to health centers when they are sick, they are chased away because they are dirty and when it comes to seeking protection from Police, most of them around Shoprite along Entebbe road have reported that some officers ask money from them by the very officers that should protect them.”
He said that when it comes to conducting census, the children on the streets are not counted and yet they are close to 50, 000 children spread across the country which is clear that they are not budgeted and planned for.
“As we celebrate this day under the theme, leave no child behind, government should ensure Children are included in the different ministerial programs such as health, education for their direct benefit.”