June 16, 1976: A memorable event
There has not always been a special day to celebrate children in Africa, the source of which goes back to a dark day in South African history. On June 16, 1976, 10,000 black school children took to the streets in Sweato, South Africa, to protest against the poor quality of their education and their right to be educated in their mother tongue.
Hundreds of them were brutally shot and over the next two weeks hundreds were killed and more than a thousand were injured. Among all its effects is a dark time that sent shock waves around the world. However, the world has decided to turn this tragic situation into a day to remember the lives of these brave children and to positively empower other African children. In 1991, the African Union officially declared the day African Children’s Day.
Eliminate harmful habits on children
Each year, there is a theme for the celebration of the day. The theme for African Children’s Day 2022 is “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress in Policy and Practice since 2013”. The African Committee on Child Rights and Welfare, established under Articles 32 and 33 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, has chosen this theme for DAC commemoration in 2022. Different Ways to Participate in African Children’s Day On African Children’s Day, there are many ways to participate and get involved. That way we can do more than just talk.
There is reading aloud
There are several charities in Africa that promote children’s education. The initiative, created by Lawrence O’Donnell of UNICEF and NBC News, bought desks and benches for children in Malawi. There are also other charities that you can contact to make a donation.
B. Volunteer at a local school
Another way to get involved is to volunteer to help a local school. Many schools in Africa often suffer from teacher shortages and your help cannot help children in those days, it can inspire them for the future. Also, you don’t have to come from Africa to celebrate the International Day of the African Child. Find volunteer opportunities at local schools or day care. Spend quality time with the kids.
Learn more about the problem
You can take the time to learn more about the problems that affect African children. Not to fix things unknowingly, but knowing more about the problems will help you a lot and can help you effectively help African children and even other children. We are all members of the human race. The more we study and understand ourselves, the closer we can get to a peaceful world. Spend time studying the continent of Africa, its history and the problems its children face.
Why is it important to celebrate African Children’s Day?
The reason the children protested that day in Soweto was to improve their education. Remembering the courage and effort of the children is an attempt to fulfill their request. The main reason we remember and celebrate June 16 is education.
There is education as a human right
Most of the world considers free, public education as a basic human right, which should be available to all children. African Children’s International Day encourages governments on the African continent to provide children with a decent education, a good condition and an environment that allows them to receive quality and uninterrupted education.
B. It has important roots
The day commemorates the Soweto uprising in South Africa in 1971, when students took to the streets to protest against the South African government’s unequal education policy. It is important to remember the struggles of our people and ensure that their sweat and blood is not wasted or forgotten.
Vs. It highlights the value of education
Education is very important for a child to grow up and be successful. There is a mountain of evidence that students pursuing high quality education at all levels are more likely to succeed. International Children’s Day reminds us that African children have a right to a good education. It is pertinent to note that African children have the best opportunity for a quality education so that they can take care of themselves and the continent in the future.