The''Campaign@ of African Cities without Street Children'', is a pan-African initiative launched by the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), a pan-African organisation with diplomatic status, whose headquarters agreement is in Rabat, the capital of the Kingdom of Morocco; and this, in partnership with the National Observatory for the Rights of the Child (ONDE) of the Kingdom of Morocco, a leading organisation, federator and driving force behind structural projects for children.
This campaign responds to the call launched by the Network Elected Women in Africa (REFELA), the Standing Committee on Gender Equality of UCLG Africa.
This campaign was proposed following the observation that the phenomenon of street children is currently emerging as one of the most worrying social problems in African cities. If, as African wisdom says, the value of each generation is first and foremost measured by the quality of life it has ensured for its children and their descendants, then it is urgent to act before this phenomenon of street children, which affects practically all regions of Africa, becomes uncontrollable. It is for this reason that, thanks to the cooperation between UCLG Africa-REFELA and ONDE, the Campaign@ African Cities without Street Children is immediately part of a pan-African perspective.
This campaign has two main objectives:
- On the one hand, to draw everyone's attention to the morally unacceptable situation where more and more children who should be in their family homes and at school in African cities spend their lives on the streets where they are exposed to all dangers;
- On the other hand, mobilize all together, starting with elected officials and local actors, to give a second chance to these children in precarious and vulnerable situations; finally, provide concrete support to cities and territories involved in the countryside through the provision of an intervention model that will enable them to effectively face and eventually overcome the phenomenon of street children.
The main objective of the Session is to mobilize around the Campaign@. This session will start with the welcoming and opening remarks of the presidents of the meeting afterwards:
- The presentation of the report on the situation of street children in Africa;
- Exchanges of views based on the presentation of Morocco's progress in promoting children's rights and a practical example of how the issue of street children is being addressed in a Moroccan city; as well as similar experiences in other African countries;
- The presentation and discussion of the proposed intervention model in support of cities and territories involved in the implementation of the Campaign@ Cities without Street Children;
- The presentation and adoption of the governance bodies of the Campaign@ African Cities without Street Children as well as the roadmap and recommendations for its implementation at the level of cities and territories, at the national level, and at the continental/international level.