Day of the African Child
Like every year since 1991, the Day of the African Child (DAC) is be observed on June 16 The Day of the African Child (DAC) 2016 is Under the theme
“ Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights”
In line with the Continental Study on the impact of armed conflict on children is Africa, 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.
Day of the African Child is commemorated every year on 16 June. The Concept Note for this year edition sets out the situational context of conflict and crisis in Africa and the impact on children. It further highlights the challenges hindering the elimination of conflicts and crises in Africa, to finally recommend examples of best practice in the elimination of conflicts.
The Day will be commemorated across In Zimbabwe with meaningful participation of children through Children Parliaments and other youth-led organizations.
Children Commemorate the Day of the African Child
Children were involved in organizing, coordinating and making the Day of the African Child Commemoration a success in collaboration with adult led CPCs in their area. Commemorations were done in Warren Park and Dzivaresekwa with invitations sent out to local schools to take part. The theme chosen by the children was ‘Conflict and Crisis in Africa, Protecting the rights of all children’. Stakeholders who graced the event included Justice for Children Trust and NAC. Junior members of the parliament attended the commemoration in Warren Park and addressed children encouraging them to attend and participate meaningfully in school, as well as stand up for their rights. In Dzivaresekwa children from a local nursery performed a drama on the importance of early childhood education. Over 600 children are estimated to have attended the event and 54 (f 32& 22m ) children were directly involved in planning, mobilization of stakeholders and participants, sourcing of venue and developing the program for the day. On the day of the commemoration, these children were involved as speakers, dramas on HIV and AIDS and child marriages and poems on child rights.