African children to commemorate Soweto uprising
SOWETO, (CAJ News) – CONFLICT-affected children will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Soweto Uprising with a series of events to mark the Day of the African Child on June 16.
The United Kingdom-based charity, War Child, is organizing the commemorations on the date established to mark the 1976 massacre and draw attention to the situation of children in the continent.
This year’s theme for the day is Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights.
War Child bemoaned that four decades after hundreds of schoolchildren were killed by the South African authorities for demanding the right to be taught in their own language, young people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Central African Republic (CAR) are coming together to help draw attention to the plight of conflict-affected boys and girls across Africa.
The events, which include a football match, workshops on the Day of the African Child, and a stage play to teach children about their rights, will be co-ordinated by War Child – the only specialist charity devoted to children affected by conflict.
In Goma, eastern DRC, children are due to sing songs, dance and take part in a play with local actors to teach children about the issue of child rights.
In Bangui, the capital of Central African republic, the charity is co-ordinating a discussion on the Day of the African Child and its history.
Meanwhile in Bossangoa, north west CAR, War Child is helping to organise a football match, involving conflict-affected children who are supported by the charity.
Rob Williams, CEO for War Child UK, said the Day of the African Child was a wonderful opportunity to think about issues facing children in Africa today.
“40 years after the Soweto Uprising, it is more important than ever to think about how children can be provided with the kind of security and educational opportunities which can help them achieve their potential.”
– CAJ News
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