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Celebrating the Day of the African Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1976 in Soweto, South African about 10,000 African school children marched advocating for their right for quality education because of the  injustices of apartheid that had perpetuated gross discrimination and inequalities.

Part of the children loss their dear lives  to the brutality and ruthless response from the security agencies.

To remember them, the African Union (AU), in 1991 set aside  16 June as the Day of the African Child (DAC). Then DAC is commemorated annually and is meant to reflect on challenges faced by African children vis a vis education today.

This year’s theme was; “A child friendly, safe, free and quality education for all children in Africa”, with a slogan “Lets Act Now.” the day’s event was organise by UNAU in collaboration with A World At School (AWAS) and was hosted by Kalinaabiri Primary school.

A march by the children was arranged as a symbol of solidarity and support  to over 276 North East chibok girls of Nigeria who were abducted by the Boko Haram from a school.

UNA-Uganda also organised over  265 children from Kalinaabiri Primary School to take part a social gathering where children deliberated on the key challenges and solutions affecting education in Uganda.

The event was officiated by Akar Pasquine, Vice President-Uganda National Students Association, Seguya Hillary. Taylor, Global Youth Ambassador at AWAS, media and other representatives of stakeholders also participated.

The Children gave very interesting views about Uganda’s education challenges such as;  Substandard education, limited materials, gender inequality, neglect of the disabled, limited structures, long walked distances, insufficient meals. Solutions proposed included; increase in teachers salaries, putting safety measures in schools and government’s investment in Uganda’s education budget.

After a series of presentations the most clear indications were; Children preferred a violent-free school environment where discipline would be the most effective means to promote and protect their rights while in school, “no child should fear for there safety while at school” in one of the letters they wrote asking for governments effort to better the situation.

UNA-Uganda is committed to achieving  empowered youths  to help curb the levels of  illiteracy and minimize the number of school drop-outs.

Therefore, a lot of effort has been direct towards to ensuring that Uganda realizes Millennium Development Goal two (MDG 2) before the end of 2015 when then MDGS frame work will expire.

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