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Day of The African Child 2021: An Africa Fit for Children

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: June 15, 2021  

Every year on the 16th of June, the African Union and its member states commemorate the Day of the African Child (DAC) as a commemoration of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa. This year’s theme is Implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children. READ MORE

30 years after the adoption of the charter, the Africa Union aspires to accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 encapsulated in these 10 points:

 

Aspiration 1: The African Children’s Charter, as supervised by the African Children’s Committee, provides an effective continental framework for advancing children’s rights.

 

Aspiration 2: An effective child-friendly national legislative, policy and institutional framework is in place in all member States.  

 

Aspiration 3: Every child’s birth and other vital statistics are registered. 

 

Aspiration 4: Every child survives and has a healthy childhood.  

 

Aspiration 5: Every child grows up well-nourished and with access to the basic necessities of life.  

 

Aspiration 6: Every child benefits fully from quality education.  

 

Aspiration 7: Every child is protected against violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse.

 

Aspiration 8: Children benefit from a child-sensitive criminal justice system. 

 

Aspiration 9: Every child is free from the impact of armed conflicts and other disasters or emergency situations.  

 

Aspiration 10: African children’s views matter.

 

Here’s how Kenya is working towards implementing child-friendly national legislative, policy and institutional frameworks:

  • Replacing children’s homes with family care. READ MORE
  • Establishing more Children’s Courts which are child-friendly. READ MORE
  • Pan African agitation for concrete children’s rights and welfare in the country. READ MORE
  • Establishing Anti-Human Trafficking Child Protection Unit (AHTCPU) READ MORE

What other ways can Kenya accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040? Join in on the conversation on twitter #DayOfTheAfricanChild 

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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