Today, 16th June is the day we celebrate an African child annually. This year marks the 25th year since the Organization of African Unity (OAU) initiated the first ever commemoration. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day.

Having watched the movie Sarafina, one is aware of how the school children in South Africa took to the streets to protest the poor quality education and the brutalities they faced during the apartheid. So this day, is in honor of the children who took part in making history and bringing about reforms that today’s children enjoy.

The events that happen on 16th June brings together respective bodies whose main agenda is to improve the lives of children through promoting and protecting the rights of children. Besides the basic rights of food, shelter and clothing, a child needs free compulsory basic education, happiness and play in order to grow and develop holistically.

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Photos of students from Peace Junior Academy.

This day’s goal is to create awareness on the plight of the African child.