June 16: International Day of the African Child

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The International Day of the African Child honors the lives of young protestors who marched for equal education rights in South Africa in 1976.  It is also an opportunity to highlight the continuing needs of African communities that struggle to provide safe, quality learning environments and opportunity for their children. This year, the day brings to light “Eliminating Harmful, Social and Cultural Practices Affecting Children.” Each year thousands of stakeholders, children, and organizations use this as a day for remembrance and advocacy.

At Asante Africa Foundation, we strive to support these communities through programs that provide healthy learning environments, enhance teaching and learning quality, and provide scholarships and leadership skills. Programs like the Leadership Incubator and our girls’ health, hygiene, financial literacy and entrepreneurship initiatives are helping to create and build a strong foundation toward eliminating obstacles and overcoming harmful cultural practices. We hope that each child directly impacted by our programs will return to their communities to share their knowledge and ‘pay it forward’. By building on the strengths of students and their community, we create a sustainable cycle of learning and community development.

Now, I know the ways that I can use to overcome the challenges along my way, I am promise that I will share with other four people.” – Eunis, student

We hope you will join and support our efforts this year, both to honor the lives of children lost 23 years ago, and to continue fighting for access to education for Africa’s children today. To find out more about how you can help honor this important day, visit asanteafrica.org and dayoftheafricanchild.org.

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Liberia: Ellen Issues Proclamation for ‘Day of the African Child’

14 June 2013

 

President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation declaring Sunday, June 16, 2013 ‘Day of The African Child’ (DAC) to be observed throughout Liberia as a Working Holiday. The day will be celebrated on Monday, June 17, 2013 since it falls on Sunday.

The President, in her Proclamation, called on all citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations and all government agencies concerned to join the Ministry of Gender and Development in executing appropriate programs befitting the observance of the day.

Liberian children are expected to join other children across the African Continent to celebrate the DAC under the theme “Our Collective Responsibility In Eliminating Harmful, Social And Cultural Practices Affecting Children In Liberia”.

The significance of the Declaration and Observance of the DAC is in memory of hundreds of school children who were brutally massacred in Soweto, South Africa by the then Apartheid Regime in June, 1976 while advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

The Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), adopted Resolution Number 1240 in 1990, declaring June 16 of each year as the ‘Day of The African Child’ to focus awareness on the problems and address their effects on the young African population.

An Act of the Liberian National Legislature in 1992, in consonance with and adherence to the Convention of the Rights of The Child, ratified said Convention which guarantees the full protection of children from all forms of deprivation and abuse.

“As a Member of the United Nations, the Government of the Republic of Liberia reaffirmed its commitment to nurture and protect the Children of Liberia”, the Proclamation noted.

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ercj8ztsrwk     Flash mob at last year’s celebration (Tanzania)
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1MaYsHurDk   2012 Exhibition booth at AU Headquarters (Ethiopia)
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