PLAY ON THE STREETS: Street Children and Youth in Three African Cities (Briefing Paper 10 . August 2017)
Street children and youth engage in a rich variety of play activities, which change as they grow into young adulthood.
Youth in the three cities shared some common play experiences, with differences around how girls and boys play and the range of activities they engage in.
Play is a key coping strategy, essential for emotional wellbeing and in building social relations with friends and the wider community.
Challenges include finding time for play while also meeting daily needs, finding space for play in dense city environments, and aggressive policing from security officials and local leaders who discourage the visible presence of street children and youth.