Today the 16th June is celebrated worldwide as The Day of the African Child (DAC).This is in commemoration of the student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, during which students who marched in protest against the poor quality of education were massacred by the then apartheid regime in place in South Africa. The day aims at raising awareness for the situation of children in African, and on the need for continuing improvement in education. It encourages people’s spirit of abundance to share something special with a child in Africa.
.This year’s theme is “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity”. The more child-friendly version is “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030″.
The general objective of the celebration of the DAC in 2017 is to call attention to the linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Children’s Charter, with the goal of inspiring States Parties to accelerate efforts towards realizing all children’s rights as provided by the Charter, as a contribution towards accelerating the promotion and protection of all children’s rights in Africa. It aims to set out the relevance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for children in Africa for all countries on the African continent.