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Homeless street children sleep in their headpans under a bridge Aug. 9, 2012 in downtown Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana. Almost all street children in the city of Kumasi migrated from the poor Northern Region in the hope that they would be able to earn money easily in the city and then return home with their earnings. In reality, the children end up working long hours carrying heavy items on their heads and have difficulty finding safe shelter and food. An alarming number of these children are not able to earn enough money to survive and turn to drug peddling and child prostitution.

Street Children To Get Access To Formal Education – Education Minister Says

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The Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has disclosed that children found loitering on the streets will soon get access to free formal education.

The Ministry of Education made this announcement as part of a new policy known as the Complementary Education program.

“We have children on the street, and we don’t know whose mandate it is to take them off the street …. So this is where this new agency comes in to make sure that we will not see children on the street,” he said.

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According to Dr Adutwum, his office is working with stakeholders to make this a success and long-term endeavour.

 

“Together with the Ministry of Gender and Child protection services and other agencies will get the children off our street.”

 

He stated that, while some may oppose the move on the grounds that the children are not Ghanaians, that will not deter him from carrying it.

 

 

 

“They are with us; we either take care of them or one day when they can no longer stand on the street and beg, we may find them in our room, and we will not like the conversation that will take place between them and us,” he added.

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