On June 16, Africa celebrated the African Child Day to commemorate the students who were killed on their protesting for their right in education, thousands of students during Soweto uprising in South Africa on 16th June 1976, protest to recognize the courage of the students who marched for right in an education.
Since 1991 the African Child Day has been celebrated. More than 28 years and we celebrate this occasion, but it is unfair that we just celebrate this day while the African child in a bad need not only for education, but also in need for good health, stability, peace and security. One day is not enough to celebrate with our children. We must celebrate with every day in their life
It is an opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing need to improve the education of children living across Africa. Reports and statistics show that 57million primary school age children currently are out of school around the world; over half are from Sub-Saharan Africa .Child has the right in education as top priority in the rural areas as well as in the urban ones .These millions of children out of school are considered a negative indicator to pay attention to education.
On June 16th about 10 thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education demanding their rights to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot .More than a hundred people were killed in the protest following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured.
Education is a key for development in every developing and even the developed ones. But in some countries there are many barriers to education in for different causes. Civil wars and internal disputes have played major role in the educational process .Children and women are suffering from instability resulted from these wars and disputes. Some families failed to afford school fees. Early marriage may keep girls especially from the class, so there these and others represent some barriers. Joint efforts are needed to support in providing students their full right in education especially girls education.
Celebration with the African Child is just to commemorate the occasion; we hope African leaders and head of States to give education top priority in their strategies, policies and plans.
We convey congratulations to the African child with their day and also to the Sudanese students who passed the exams of Sudan School Certificate that announced yesterday .Hoping to join the higher educational institutes.
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