Statement on the Occasion to Commemorate the Day of the African Child
Every year on the 16th of June, Uganda joins the rest of the world to commemorate the Day of the African Child. This year, the National celebration and a series of commemoratory activities have been scientifically held through virtual means due to restrictions on public gatherings.
In 1991, the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), instituted the Day of the African Child in memory of thousands of black schoolchildren who marched on June 16th, 1976 in Soweto, to protest against the poor quality of education and demanded to be taught in their own languages. They spoke out against the harsh apartheid policies of the then South African government.
Regrettably, during the march, hundreds of young boys and girls were massacred and thousands left with unspeakable injuries. Therefore, the Day of the African Child honors and recognises the brave actions these children took in defence of their rights. This year's commemoration calls for serious introspection and commitment towards addressing the numerous challenges facing children across the African continent. As for now, such challenges include among others the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THIS STATEMENT