Former Street Children from various Primary and Secondary Schools in Kampala have appealed to government through the relevant authorities to ensure implementation of the available policies and laws on the protection of children’s rights.
This was during a half day Children’s Parliament at Nsambya Sharing Hall organized by Dwelling Places and Rahab Uganda.
The two organizations are involved in fighting child trafficking and resettling street children.
At the event, over 50 children participated in a debate held under a theme ” Are Children Safe; If so why are many still on streets?”
Several of the children emphasized the need for government agencies to appreciate the need to unanimously protect and preserve the rights of children in the country as well fighting any pull or push factors that have led to increased street children and child trafficking.
“We understand that our government has put up a number of laws and policies in the fight against child abuse but these have remained on paper due to poor implementation by the key players,” noted Daniel a student from Uplands high school.
The children noted that poverty, child abuse and poor parenting continue to be the leading causes of street children.
Adrew Mukiibi the CEO of the Nabagereka Foundation appreciated the concerns raised by the children and revealed that Buganda Kingdom is committed to continue participating and rallying other cultural institution in the fight against child trafficking.
Mukiibi who represented the Chief guest and Minister of Social Services in Buganda Kingdom noted that through the annual Kisakaate kya Nabagereka, children have been nurtured against the vice of child trafficking giving them tips of how to detect and avoid being trafficked.
“We are committed to using our different fora to fight child trafficking,” Mukiibi promised.