Pakistan's Street Children football team's recent achievement in Brazil has highlighted the issue of street children in the country.
Pakistan's street children football team recently won bronze medal in the Street Children Football World Cup in Rio de Janiero in Brazil.
The fourth International Day for Street Children being celeberated today, providing a platform for millions of street children around the world to speak out so that their rights cannot be ignored.
Street children is a term for the children experiencing homelessness who live on the streets of a city. Homeless youth are often called street kids and street youth.
Some street children, notably in more developed nations, are thrownaway children who are kids that have been forced to leave their homes. Thrownaway children are more likely to come from working class and single parent homes. Street children are often subject to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The Consortium for Street Children has launched International Day for Street Children in 2011 to ensure that millions of children on streets around the globe have their voices heard. Every year since then support has grown, and the day is now celebrated in over 130 countries by street children and their supporters.
The day is celebrated by street children, NGOs, celebrities, policy makers, businesses and individuals around the world.
Pakistan have thousands of street children who escaped from their homes to one or another reason and passing their lives on streets.
It is high time for the policymakers to look into the problem and make policies to address the issue and transform them into a useful segment of the society.