DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

Since 1991, June 16 has been declared as the Day of the African Child by OAU (Organisation African Unity) in honour of those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

One may ask what really happened on June 16, 1976?

Students from numerous Soweto schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto in response to the Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974 which forced all black schools to use Afrikaans and English in local schools. About ten thousand black school children marched in protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot dead and a thousand injured.

Now this years’ theme in support of, “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa : Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and equal opportunities for children.”

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