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African campaign “Cities without children in street situations” kicks off in Rabat

Written by FDM

“Cities without children in street situations” campaign launched under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Effective Presidency of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the National Observatory of Children’s Rights (ONDE), has entered its implementation phase.

Launched last November in Marrakech, the pan-African campaign “Cities without children in street situations” starts in Rabat. The Moroccan capital thus becomes a pilot city. On January 22, Lamia Bazir, Executive Director of ONDE and Mohamed Mhidia, the Wali of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Region, held a meeting at the headquarters of the Wilaya to launch the operational phase of the campaign, guided by four points.

The first is the realization of a mapping of the city, thus establishing a complete and real diagnosis of the protection of children in Rabat. The second is the implementation of the guide and the toolbox named “City Protective of its
 children”. The third is the development of the protective urban strategy and promoter of childhood, therefore defining axes of intervention. And finally, the last one is an operational and effective action plan spread over three years.

As a reminder, this new pro-child urban impulse has been designed by actors concerned with childhood, namely ONDE, the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA), as well as UNICEF. The pan-African campaign “Cities without children in street situations” is giving new breath. A necessary and remarkable dynamic of territorial, national and continental scope, which puts children at the heart of urban governance. An impulse for street children who are above all children … our children.