Day of the African child: the unending plight of African children

June 16, 2009, Africa observes the Day of the African Child, in memory of, thousands of black school children who were maimed and killed in 1976 Soweto uprising, as they took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language.


To honor the memory of those killed and to meet the Millennium Development Goals relating to the welfare and safety of African children, the UN Millennium Campaign calls on African states, Civil Society Organizations and the private sector to tackle child and maternal mortality, school dropout, gender inequality in UPE and poor quality standards of UPE.


As many as 50,000 African children under the age of 5 years will be losing their lives as a result of preventable or curable diseases. And children as many as 38 million of primary school age in Africa will still remain out of school.

 

Source: AHU – David A-O

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