The International Day of The African Child was celebrated in an event that was characterized with pomp and colour. Some of our children at House of Hope together with our staff took part in this big celebration that was held end of last week in the beautiful town of Naivasha, Kenya.
The June 16 annual event honours the memories of students who were massacred in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976 for protesting against education injustice and inequality in the apartheid regime. It was designated as Day of the African Child in 1991 by the African Union and every year events are organized to promote children’s rights. The Day of the African Child is a great day for all children in Africa and the world; it brings to life most commitments undertaken by African countries to fulfill the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
One of the aims of the Day of the African Child is to highlight the plight of the African children that is a threat to their bright future and also put measures in place to safeguard their future. This is done each year through coming up with a theme; this year, the theme was “Leave no child behind for Africa’s Development.” For this to be realized, education remains a key pillar for African children to thrive and actively get involved in development of this great continent.
According to a recent survey: The children of African women with at least five years of schooling have a 40 percent higher chance of survival. This is why we have heavily invested in the educational needs of our children. That not withstanding, we have also equipped our children on spiritual and life skills. We believe education is key, but with dignity and having relevant skills; they have a bunch of keys that will help open many opportunity doors for them.
We also wish to take this opportunity to reflect on the contribution of our donors, partners, board, staff and other institutions that have walked with us in this journey of empowering our children with education, so that they can thrive and be actively involved in the development agenda. There is a great need to enroll more children in school in Africa and keeping them in school to safeguard not only their future, but also the future of Africa and the world at large.
We all have to uphold, advocate, and defend children’s rights. Education is one of the basic rights for children in Africa and remains to be the beacon of hope for many African children. Join us today in the cause of defending the weak and fatherless by supporting a child’s education in Kenya and be part of the change you want to see in the world.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela