child parlis.jpgJunior Parliamentarians have challenged Zimbabweans to formulate policies that will help address challenges faced by disadvantaged children living on the streets.

This came out of a Junior Parliamentary sitting held in the capital.

Junior parliamentarians who attended a provincial parliamentary session in Harare have challenged government to seriously consider and address the plight of children living on the streets, particularly those who do not have birth certificates and national identity cards, as well as availing scholarship programmes.

Harare Junior Governor, Sandile Gumede said society should uphold the rights of children and shun the stereotype attitude displayed by some individuals and groups who stigmatise children living on the streets.

Harare Provincial Administrator, Cde Alfred Tome urged stakeholders involved in children’s affairs to put in place policies that support the welfare of children.

The formation of the Junior Parliament by government is in line with the African Youth Charter that stipulates that every child has the right to participate in various societal issues with Harare’s Junior Parliament sittings expected to steer debate on the urgent measures that Zimbabweans must put in place to address the plight of children living on the streets.