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Street Kid rehabilitation project: The journey in Pictures

General News Street Kid rehabilitation project: The journey in Pictures

Rounding up street kids for rehabilitation

Rounding up street kids for rehabilitation

Last week the Ministry of Youth Sport and Child Development sent 350 street kids to a Zambia National Service training camp in Katete, Eastern Province.

This follows a Memorandum of Understanding which the Ministry signed with Zambia National Service on the 15th of August this year aimed at rehabilitating street kids.

Zambia National Services had finished rehabilitating its centres designated to accommodate street kids in October.

Minister of Youth,Sport and Child Development,Emmanuel Mulenga said the aim was to remove all the kids from all the streets of Zambia and take them to National Service so that they could be tutored accordingly so that they can learn survival skills.The Minister said the government has a lot of confidence in ZNS hence identifying the institution as a reliable partner in ending streetism and ensuring that the minds of street kids are fully transformed.

Mr.Mulenga recently travelled to Katete to gain an understanding of how the 350 street kids and youths that were picked from Lusaka and the Copperbelt were coping and responding to behavioral change lessons and skills trainings they are receiving from officers.

Writing on his facebook page the Minister said ” What seemed an impossible journey has finally become a reality. The removal of Street kids from the streets has been something that has been a battle and we as Government still remained determined.

It is pleasing for me as Minister in Charge of Youths and Children in the country and also as a parent to see smiles on the faces of these Children and Kids who’s lives seemed to have no destinies on streets about to be transformed.”

Mr.Mulenga said he was very impressed with what he found at the facility and commend the Zambia National Service for a job well done so far.

” I am happy that officers here are exercising maximum patience with the kids to ensure that they adapt to their new environment. They are responding well to change and I believe they will come out of this place as responsible young people, ready to contribute to the country’s economic growth,”he said

Mr Mulenga said the Ministry has an exit plan for the youths once they are empowered with skills. When they complete their training, they will be awarded with Certificates and provided with start-up tools and materials needed for them to excel in the businesses that will help them put their skills into practice

He said the Government under the able leadership of His Excellency The President of the Republic of Zambia Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu has a lot of confidence in ZNS hence identifying the institution as reliable partner in the program of ending streetism and changing the mindset of Street Children.

Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga with a street kid

Street kids start their rehabilitation journey

Street kids on their way to the Zambia National Service Rehabilitation centre

Street kids all cleaned up at the ZNS rehabilitation centre

Street kids at the rehabilitation centre in Katete

Street kids pose for a picture at the rehabilitation centre in Katete

Street kids pose for a picture at the rehabilitation centre in Katete

Street kids playing soccer at the rehabilitation centre

Street kids attending a class at the rehabilitation centre

Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga visits the street kids at the ZNS rehabilitation centre in Katete

All smiles, Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga greets some of the street kids

Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga chats with some of the street kids

Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga chats with some of the street kids

Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga chats with the street kids

Minister of Youth ,Sport and Child development Emmanuel Mulenga gives the street kids a pep talk

Street kids playing at the rehabilitation centre in Katete

Street kids attend class at the rehabilitation centre

Street kids listen attentively during a class at the rehabilitation centre

Street kids attend class at the rehabilitation centre

20 COMMENTS

  1. I must say I am happy with ZNS of late, they have embarked on several projects that KK initially wanted them to do.
    Ba Minister, why bother wearing a mask? You cannot even social distance and you are shaking hands with everyone, your aide de camp is doing the same too.

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  2. This is not an easy task. Congratulations to the Ministry of Youth and ZNS for embarking on such an important venture by giving these kids a hope and perspective.

  3. I have been complaining about my road in your constituency, but now looking at what you have been doing to our street kids, I have forgiven you with all my heart. I am however comforted by your assuarance last evening that there plans to work on the roads in your your contituency. InKeep it up.

  4. This is the way to go. At least people can point to some long lasting solutions. I also think ZNS is the way to go. Besides, the corporate world is already participating in this through the skills development levy.

  5. Simple question: hw are those who hv been to ZNS during Kaunda’s time and hv done this training doing now? Where are the jobs they hv created for themselves before we even talk of jobs for others? Hw successful are they as farmers?

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  6. This exercise should be extended to other major urban areas before these chaps become hardcore criminals. Its a job welcome ba PF GRZ. How I wish this program started 3 years ago, it will go a long way empowering these chaps with survival skills.

  7. Tayali need join these camp too.
    This is the best thing PF has done.
    HH and Sinkamba need pour energy in these kids. Those are what we call youth programs.
    Hooo no no not Sinkamba, he will introduce Marijuana to them again. No no no Sinkamba stay away.

  8. The ZNS leadership should engage NGOs to offer social work training to selected groups of these kids…..

    This kind of project can be all paid for by forigne donners who are keen on aid distribution to the vaunrable , by well trained social care workers on the ground.

  9. I always thought street kids are smallies, but hey some have grown on the street are those beards on some? elo ba bald head ninshi kulibe size ya sapato?

  10. I don’t see Tayali among those kids.
    I believe in this program, we have some PF ministers who went through ZNS rehabs in 1990s.

  11. This is good, if well managed, with the inclusion of psychologists and psychiatrists, this could solve a major problem.

  12. This is the wisest thing to do congratulations Mr minister and to the government, and to the president Lungu these young people can learn something good at National Service and they could be the drivers of the anticipated industrialized.

  13. Great start! Entrepreneurial and skills training programmes to be offered will need to include courses in carpentry, hairdressing, plumbing, welding, electrical apprenticeship, auto-mechanics, agriculture, bricklaying, sign-writing, painting, screen-printing, tailoring and designing, shoe-making and shoe-repairing, and computer literacy. Graduates from ZNS camps will need to be provided with start-up kits and financial resources through relevant government ministries, the Youth Empowerment Programme, and the Resettlement Department that is currently under the aegis of the Office of the Republican Vice President. This will make it possible for them to start and operate their own small businesses. Imiti ikula e mpanga!

  14. It will, of course, also be essential to provide basic education relating to our individual and collective duty and obligation to protect the fragile natural environment against degradation and wasteful use, and to reduce air, water and solid-waste pollution.

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