Play is an act in a manner such that one has fun; to engage in activities expressly for the purpose of recreation without discrimination in any form either the person is a  child or an adult.

Street children are minors who live and survive on the streets. In Ghana, they often grow up in public landfills, train stations, and under bridges of major cities. Access to these street children may be in the form of building positive relationships with them.

Article 31 of the UNCRC states that children and young people have the right to have fun in a way they want to, whether by playing sports, watching films, or doing something else entirely, and have the right to rest too. Children and young people should be able to take part freely in cultural activities just like adults.

However, street children and vulnerable youth in street situations are denied this right or freedom due to their living conditions.  Even if they do, they have limited or no access to play items and safe adults to supervise, care or protect whilst they play. Encouraging such children to return home by creating a good relationship with their families can give positive results for them to also have access to safe play.

In addition, organizing and celebrating events with these children on the streets will make them feel recognized and exhibit their talents as well.

Consortium for Street Children
Adamfo Ghana
West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)