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Caught by the streets of the city: Street children in Ghana

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Many children are forced to live and earn their living on the streets. Anarfi (1997) indicates that children living on Ghanaian city streets range between 10,000-17,000. As a coping mechanism, they strive for survival through petty selling, begging or pottering, stealing fromothers, as they battle with harshness on the street. The main questions are what role does education play in ameliorating the problem of street children? Social capital theory underpins this paper to explain the relationships that exist between children, family and community. The social capital a child possesses depends on the resources the family and the community have. Again, Kaime-Atterhog's conceptual framework for understanding the street children phenomenon is adopted. The paper uses a meta-analysis methodological approach based on the studies by Boakye-Boateng (2006), with a sample size of 15; Ennew (2003), with 70 participants; Orme & Seipel (2007), with 35 participants, and Anarfi (2003), with a sample size of 1,247. Among the findingsare push factors such as poverty, lack of access to education, and lack of social amenities. Urbanization, access to electricity, wealth acquired by relatives and peers in cities on the other hand act as pull factors that lure them into the cities. Among the suggestions are:that the government agencies and non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of street children look further into creating institutions where they can house and provide them with relevant vocational training, ICT training, and other forms of non-formal education, according to their needs and interests.

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Marginalization and streetism
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Annor, Grace. "Caught by the streets of the city: Street children in Ghana" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494131_index.html>

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Annor, G. "Caught by the streets of the city: Street children in Ghana" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p494131_index.html

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Abstract: Many children are forced to live and earn their living on the streets. Anarfi (1997) indicates that children living on Ghanaian city streets range between 10,000-17,000. As a coping mechanism, they strive for survival through petty selling, begging or pottering, stealing fromothers, as they battle with harshness on the street. The main questions are what role does education play in ameliorating the problem of street children? Social capital theory underpins this paper to explain the relationships that exist between children, family and community. The social capital a child possesses depends on the resources the family and the community have. Again, Kaime-Atterhog's conceptual framework for understanding the street children phenomenon is adopted. The paper uses a meta-analysis methodological approach based on the studies by Boakye-Boateng (2006), with a sample size of 15; Ennew (2003), with 70 participants; Orme & Seipel (2007), with 35 participants, and Anarfi (2003), with a sample size of 1,247. Among the findingsare push factors such as poverty, lack of access to education, and lack of social amenities. Urbanization, access to electricity, wealth acquired by relatives and peers in cities on the other hand act as pull factors that lure them into the cities. Among the suggestions are:that the government agencies and non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of street children look further into creating institutions where they can house and provide them with relevant vocational training, ICT training, and other forms of non-formal education, according to their needs and interests.


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