MALAWI today joined the rest of the African continent in commemorating the African Child Day which falls on June 16 every year.
This year’s theme by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, ACERWC, was ‘Leave no African Child Behind for Africa’s Development’.
The theme seeks to redirect all stakeholders to focus on putting children at the centre stage of all developmental work.
As a precursor to this year’s event, a child conference and media workshop were conducted within the week.
The conference and workshop were aimed at affirming government’s commitment towards ensuring that no child is left behind by offering them various platforms to raise their concerns.
Day of the African Child was instituted in 1991 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the then Organisation of African Union, OAU, in memory of the June 16, 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa.
The day serves to commemorate the students and the brave action they took in defending their rights.
The celebration calls for introspection and commitment towards addressing the numerous challenges facing the children across Africa.