On June 16th, 1976, thousands of black students from Soweto, South Africa, took to the streets to protest the disparity in the education system that preferred quality education for the whites over the black population in Africa.
Like every year on 16 June, the African Union and its Member States observe the Day of the African Child (DAC) as a commemoration of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, where students who marched in protest against apartheid-inspired education, were brutally murdered.
The theme for the Day of the African Child (DAC) 2021 is “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.
People worldwide celebrate this day by highlighting the awareness about the education system in Africa, People must also contribute to organizations that work towards improving education for African child.
Among the traditional characteristics of African children are (a) the early maturity in self-discipline, (b) the aspiration for education, (c) respect for traditional values, (d) early search for identity, and (e) a wholesome spirit of cooperation and dependence on one another.
We must act and become deliberate about achieving the aspirations of Agenda 2040 which are;
Aspiration 1: The African Children’s Charter, as supervised by the African Children’s Committee, provides an effective continental framework for advancing children’s rights
Aspiration 2: An effective child-friendly national legislative, policy and institutional framework is in place in all Member States
Aspiration 3: Every child’s birth and other vital statistics are registered
Aspiration 4: Every child survives and has a healthy childhood
Aspiration 5: Every child grows up well-nourished and with access to the basic necessities of life
Aspiration 6: Every child benefits fully from quality education
Aspiration 7: Every child is protected against violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse
Aspiration 8: Children benefit from a child-sensitive criminal system
Aspiration 9: Every child is free from the impact of armed conflicts and other disasters or emergency situations
Aspiration 10: African children’s views matter
Today, millions of children in Africa don’t receive proper education and the onus just doesn’t fall on the world leaders but on every privileged member of the society to acknowledge that they deserve a quality education to eradicate poverty in the country.
To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy – Malala Yousafzai
In another decade, we must not be where we started but the children of today must have taken off the role of advancing the progressive leadership infused in them by our actions.
Head, Women and Gender Affairs Cluster Committee AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria