Today marks the Day of the African Child, which aims to draw attention to the lives and conditions of African children today.
This year’s theme is “Right to participate: let children be seen and heard” and it is focused on ending child marriage, accelerating solutions to combat denial of education or other human rights abuses against girls across the African continent, according to international children’s rights institutions.
It’s expected that more than 100 events in more than 40 countries will be held around the world to mark the Day of the African Child and Youth Action Month.
As Egypt joins countries around the world to observe the Day of the African Child today, June 16, 2022, a number of Egyptian children’s institutions will organize many activities and seminars that aim at raising awareness of the child marriage issue and the rights of all children of the world to education.
Over 30 African governments, including Nigeria, and some parts of Saharan Africa have adopted measures, many in recent years, that protect adolescent girls’ right to stay in school during pregnancy and motherhood.
The 16th of June every year is an opportunity to observe the progress the African continent has achieved to realize children’s rights, and also to highlight the challenges in order to achieve these rights, according to UNICEF.
It’s worth mentioning that this day was established to honor the memories of students who were massacred in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976 for demonstrating against education injustice and inequality in the apartheid regime.