Officer wants Nairobi street families trained

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 05:19 | By
Well wishers helping street children in Nairobi. PHOTO/Print
Well wishers helping street children in Nairobi. PHOTO/Print

Nairobi County Assembly now wants the county government to introduce formal training to street families saying this will help deal with the escalating numbers.

Chair Assembly’s County Labour and Social Committee Allan Maina Gathuku emphasized that the traditional method of displacing street families and subjecting them to rehabilitation, as witnessed in previous administrations, is not a sustainable solution.

Gathuku highlighted the need for empowering street children through formal training rather than merely relocating them to rehabilitation centres without equipping them with essential skills.

“We need to change the narrative now. Efforts have been made in the past but we need to change our style of dealing with these children. Let them now be impacted with skills. They should be trained on how to cook, design, drive among other skills,” said Gathuku.

The committee is actively working to ensure the involvement of all MCAs in this initiative, urging county polytechnics across wards to admit street children.

Gathuku proposed allocating funds from the County bursary to support the project, transforming street children into valuable contributors to society. This move follows a year-long plea by Nairobi South MCA Waithera Chege, who called for the removal of street families from the streets, citing their alleged involvement in criminal activities.

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