oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - The newly emerging problem of street children in Swaziland

Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



In many African countries street children have been around since independence. In Swaziland, their existence is relatively new and there are relatively few of street children. This situation presented an opportunity for the authors to explore some hypotheses about the origins of street children. The authors conclude that rural to urban migration is not a sufficient explanation for the origins of Swazi street children. Instead they contribute the problem to the failure of government and families to come to compromises over important long-standing cultural differences between males and females and among parents and children, particularly among fathers and son. In order to improve this situation, the authors chose a sample of 30 male and 9 female street children from the two largest urban areas in Swaziland to participate in an experimental teacher-training program. The results of this program are discussed.

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