2020 Theme: “Access to a Child-Friendly Justice System in Africa”
The Day of the African Child (DAC) has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in June 16, 1976, whereby nearly ten thousand black students from Soweto, South Africa, marched the streets to protest the poor quality of their education. They marched to demonstrate their disapproval of the Black Education Act, which segregated students based on their race. Hundreds of innocent students were shot by security forces. In the 2 weeks of protest that followed, dubbed the Soweto Uprising, more than a hundred students were killed and thousands were badly injured.
On June 16 every year, governments, NGOs, international organizations and other stakeholders commemorate by gathering to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of children in Africa. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing need to improve the education of children living across Africa; a need that still exists today.
SATF and the support to the education of children
Many children go uneducated due to parents’ inability to support, walking long distance to and from the school, early marriage and pregnancy. These and many more barriers to education have an enormous impact on children. SATF realizes that every child has a right to education and therefore commits itself to support most vulnerable children attain their education by providing them with scholastic materials and health care support so that children remain healthy physically and mentally at all times of their learning.
DAC 2020 Theme: “Access to a Child-Friendly Justice System in Africa”
This year’s theme aims to examine the elements of a child-friendly justice system, including the application of a child rights-based approach and use the four core principles of children’s rights as a tool for realizing access to a child-friendly justice system in Africa to all children of Africa. The four core principles of children’s rights are:
Justice for children for the benefit of all children in contact with the justice system to ensure that the children are better served and protected COVID-19 outbreak and Its effects to a child
Children enjoy life in all its fullness when they feel safe, free and comfortable in their environment. They enjoy life when they have good health, when the people they trust are with them and when they can perform normal activities like going to school and playing with friends, without fear or hesitation.
COVID-19 Pandemic has negative effects on children’s life, especially those living in the most vulnerable and poor conditions. Aside from getting the virus, they witness families struggling with lockdowns that prevent their parents from earning a living, while others lose a parent or a caregiver. School closures, home quarantines, and psychological distress add up to the effects on children’s emotional, social and physical well-being, denying them opportunity to enjoy life to the fullest.
SATF secondary school beneficiaries after receiving their scholastic materials and health support including sanitary towels.
#Justice to all children in Africa