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4 step to equality campaign for street children 

April 12th act467 Benin City 


WHO?  SMILES   With the placement of this  activity in  wsf extension dynamics Dynex1WSF ,  SMILES assert themselves as  "participating instance" in the world social forum process, as described by its charter  world social forum charter      

WHEN  ? WHERE ?  12th april 2pm 4pm  Benin city           
see time difference with your region  https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/nigeria 

WHAT?  youth and entrepreneurship dialogue   (see below)     

HOW ?  Remote Participation : see the online video  + and comment  written chat + audio inputs   ( whatsapp room  act467 )  in contact with correspondents  in  Benin City          
  • To come in the  room  "act467 StreetChidnRights"  follow the link  https://chat.whatsapp.com/DNxjASKi8vfCsAyZHaFbxk
  • Depending on internet quality , there will be wsp audio takes, video takes , a few photos and notes ,and some audio were made  through whatsapp

Smiles Africa International Youth Development Initiative in collaboration  with White Ribbon Alliance For Safe Motherhood Edo State Chapter and other Partners wish to invites you to a one day Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue on the ‘4 Steps to Equality’ campaign for the street children

The four step to equality campaign is a call to governments around the world to take four steps that will achieve equality for street children.it summaries the UN General Comment on Children in Street Situations, which is a guidance written by the United Nations to explain how governments can make sure that street-connected children are able to access their rights.

Too often, street children are unable to access things most of us take for granted – things like going to the hospital, accessing justice when harmed, protection from harassment and violence, and much more.

The objective of this dialogue is to develop a local road map and strategies  in engaging the government and other stakeholder to achieve the 4 Step to equality for Street Children. 

Date --12th April 2018  Time - 2pm --4pm Venues -- 224,  2nd east Circular Benin City Edo State.

Any organizations who want to partner and want their logo share in our back drop should send it to this email or to any of our whatsap number.

To further support the campaign on April m12th, could you share some images and tweets for us?

 The hashtag for the day is #streetchildren and you can tweet something like:

•         This #streetchildrenday, tell your government equality for street children starts here po.st/QAnaiG

•         There are 4 steps governments can take to make equality for street children happen http://po.st/f2DUfW #streetchildrenday

•         Now is the time to make equality for street children finally happen po.st/QAnaiG #streetchildrenday 

Thanks  for your anticipated cooperation as we look forward to your presence

Mrs Grace Obakhina State Coordinator White Ribbon  Alliance for Safe Motherhood Nigeria Edo State Chapter 08183845003

Ms Marian Chenelo Ozougwu Program Officer Smiles Africa International Youth Development Initiative 07061625241 

Hon. Edwin Asibor Executive Director Securing the Creative Goldmine in Youths Initiative 08039572357





Introduction: The issue of street children has become so worrisome in our society especially when there are multiple responsible factors ranging from the child, the parents/guardian, the community, policies and other structures in place. The concern has been so much noting that there is no one solution solves all, however, if strategic steps are taken, there would be light at the end of the tunnel. To find a common ground of action, various stakeholders were brought together, to discuss issues that bother on street children with the main objective of charting a way forward. The Consortium for Street Children came up with for steps and these guided the discussion:

  • Step 1: Commit to Equality
  • Step 2: Protect Every Child
  • Step 3: Provide Access to Services
  • Step 4: Create New Solutions


Step 1: Commit to Equality: Considering that there is the need to recognize that street children have the same rights as everyone else with the view of reflecting it in the law.  Some basic questions were in need of answers like who are the Street Children? Why are they Street Children? What are the modalities to remove them from the streets

Though it was noted Street children are children are partially (during the day) or fully (day and night) on the street with little or no parental of guardian care thereby making them exposed to various forms of hazards.

Step 2: Protect Every Child: Considering protecting street children from violence and abuse and ensuring children have access to justice when harmed. It was noted that paying attention to street children alone pose some issues as there may not be a clear delineation in this regard. There was the need to evaluate the social security system that affect every child. It was noted that some of the hazards that these children face in their homes or shelter could be a responsible factor that pushed them to the street.   

Step 3: Provide Access to Services: Enable access to the same essential service as every other child, such as hospital and school so they can reach their full potential. It was also noted that even the non-street children may not have adequate access to these services. However, the roles of guardians were essential in this and having adequate social security system was key.  

Step 4: Create New Solutions: Noting that doing things in the same way without innovation would not bring about the much desired change. The need to deliver specialized services, create opportunities that tune into the unique needs, talents and challenges of life for street was looked into. Playing attention to the problem was important but putting actions in place was much more paramount.       


It was agreed that there was the need to chart a way forward and the following points were highlighted:

  • 1.      A proper understanding of the Child’s Right Act was necessary for key players.
  • 2.      A visit to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development as they are the custodian of children matters to know what is available and to what extent can the street children benefit from it.
  • 3.      Evidenced based Advocacy messages to Policy Makers, Traditional Rules, Religious Bodies, Media etc.
  • 4.      Assessment of Orphanage, Correctional Centres and Shelter to know their Standard of operation, Civil society organizations visit them for research and access their standards.
  • 5.      The only State welfare Centre analyzed and advocate for a standard centre to be built.
  • 6.       Case handlers, Social workers and Child psychologiesetc should have their capacity adequately built.
  • 7.      When proper measures have been out in place to cater for these children, a mop exercise can be carried out to take children from the street.
  • 8.      Set up mobile court where parents and guardian that are not living to expectation can be tried and punished
  • 9.      Create awareness to apprehend children seen on the street during school hours and after 7pm and to panelized their parents for negligence if found guilty.


  •  Meet with the Governor and other relevant bodies with verifiable facts.
  • Use of social media (all encompassing) to join in the advocacy for the government to implement fully the Child’s Right Law capturing the street children.
  • Create teams to follow up this campaigning for equality to street children to enable us curb this menace if not totally eradicated.
  •  Appeal to the Governor to create database with finger prints for the street children to enable easy tracking.
  • The government should proper free education and not just tuition free education and urgently allow them enjoy free health service.

List of participants: S/N Name Organization Designation  Phone No Email