International Day of the African Child

Ten years ago today, The Organization of African Unity first celebrated the International Day of the African Child.  It remembers the more than 10,000 African students who fought for their educational rights during the apartheid regime 35 years ago.  “Thousands were killed and more that 179 were brutally tortured.”   Because of the organization’s efforts, continued advancements have been made toward improving the level and quality education provided to disadvantaged African children.

Today SOS Children’s Village will be holding a children’s right exhibition in Nairobi focused on the importance of education and schools.  “It will highlight the need to educate children on their right to life, their survival and development.  It will also advocate for the developing of laws and establishing of government structures to ensure child survival, development and protection.”

Although in recent years things have improved for many children, money for tuition, uniforms and textbooks fees are a huge barrier for many.  Many have to forgo education in order to provide for their families.  SOS has established 111 schools and 128 nurseries across Africa, which has helped thousands over the years.

To help with these efforts, please visit and to read a personal account click here


Posted on June 16, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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