Children and youths in Zimbabwe are at the centre of a social, economic and political crisis. The status of the country has seen many children being raised by working parents, single parents or grandparents. The moral fibre has been withered by the immoral behaviour being propagated in the media. This has left a lot of children without parental guidance. Schools have been left with the role of raising and educating children. Due to the fact that they are institutions of learning, most of their teachings are education curriculum oriented. As there is no all-inclusive parental guidance and attention, children are confused and prone to peer pressure and experimental behaviour. The generation of children and youth of today have low self esteem and poor decision making attributes. Furthermore there is a lot of cult initiation and following in both the traditional and advanced technological area. Young people are being initiated into this demonic cult at a tender age through music, clothes, internet or traditional cults.
The Peri urban areas are no longer safe for any child, worse for girl child. They have become dangerous and destructive to the physical and psycho-social development of the girl child. There has been a sharp increase in prostitution, teenage pregnancies, abortions, sexually transmitted infections, and abuse. So a girl child in this set-up is very exposed and vulnerable. A lot of ill informed decisions are taken due to Peer influence.