Working with street children - Community values
In many cities and towns streets are increasingly becoming homes for countless children.
Insecurity, AIDS, poverty and other factors push many African children onto the streets, but the breakdown of the extended family structure and the related decline in religious and cultural morals make the situation much worse.
Traditional African education gave young people values of respect, hard work and good behaviour. Religious education used to be a must at home and school for every child. The traditions and religious beliefs that guaranteed faithful marriages are steadily disappearing.
Bringing up a child used to be a collective responsibility for the whole community. Anyone would discipline a naughty child. Today the responsibility to discipline a neighbour’s child has gone.
The extended family used to be morally obliged to care for orphans. Today, however, economic pressures, selfishness and individual rights have robbed
African society of much of the hospitality and sympathy that Africans held so dear.
Children are a gift from God. They are the leaders of tomorrow. If they are on the streets today, tomorrow our leaders may hold street values and morals.
Sent in by Jjuko D Robert, AEC, Box 2056, Jinja, Uganda.