Protection Alliance (CPA) and ChildFund-The Gambia in partnership with other
child welfare organisations in the country will commemorate “Day of the African
Child” today at Tanji, West Coast Region.
The localised theme for this year’s commemoration is “Leave No Child Behind for Gambia’s Development.”
Speaking at a press briefing at ChildFund The Gambia national office in Kanifing on Friday, Musu Kuta Komma-Bah, the fund’s country director said “Day of the African Child” was initiated by the Organization of African Unity now African Union in remembrance of the innocent children that were massacred in the 1976 uprising in Soweto, South Africa.
“On that fateful day, students took to the streets in protest against the poor quality of education they were receiving and demanded to be taught in their own languages,” she explained.
She said the commemoration will be punctuated by series of activities such as inter generational dialogue between children and officials from different sectors, a carnival, drama, poetry and community outreach programme.
Speaking on behalf Gambian children, Matty Jobe said the Day of the African Child is a very important day for children as it offers them the opportunity to speak and for their voices to be heard.“By commemorating the day, we are also reflecting on the commitments made by African Governments,” she said.
Ms. Jobe said some of the problems facing children ranges from child trafficking, child labor, child marriage, sexual abuse and exploitation, HIV/AIDS, civil conflicts, rights to life, education, health, development and protection.
She thanked the government of The Gambia for their hard work and reminded them that there is still a lot of work to be done and to remember the children of The Gambia when they are formulating policies and laws.