The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development today told Parliament that Government is still committed to addressing the growing problem of street kids.
Responding to a question from Mapatizya United Party for National Development (UPND)
MP Ackson Sejani who wanted to know the measures Government is taking to address the problem of street kids, Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development
Mulasikwanda Patricia said her ministry had embarked on a skills training programme
for street children.
Ms. Mulasikwanda said three Zambia National Service (ZNS) camps namely; Kitwe,
Chiwoko and Chishimba were identified to serve as skills training centers for the
She said 204 youths graduated from Chiwoko and Kitwe camps in August and September
2006 with skills in Capentry and joinery, bricklaying and plastering, poultry,
general agriculture, shoe making and automechanics.
She said after graduation the former street kids were sent to the 16 youth centers
run by the ministry across the country.
Ms. Mulasikwanda said the ministry is working with the Office of the Vice President
in looking at ways of allocating land to graduates in agriculture.
She added that the ministry gives grants to institutions and organisations that
address the welfare of street kids for capacity building.