The day of the African Child – June 16th


The day of the African Child - June 16th

In 1974 the South African Government enforced a law that all lessons for blacks and other natives be taught in Afrikaans rather than English or any other language. This caused tensions in the land.

A peaceful protest in the city of Soweto was organized to abolish school system laws. What followed next was a massacre of young protesters and this day emerged as the Day of the African Child which was declared by the African Union, in 1991 to promote the right of the child.

Every year events are organized to mark the day. This year’s theme is “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights”. It is part of the efforts to elevate child protection agenda in conflict situation in Africa as well as a guarantee the protection and preservation of life and well-being of the African children.

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