The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on the 16th day of June since 1991, to honor those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children. In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language.
The theme for this year was "Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children. To commemorate the event, the CRC hosted families and staff at the CRC compound. A talk was given to help the children understand what happened to the children in Soweto. Family games on the playground and lunch followed. Later, the families enjoyed viewing the film SAFINA, a short film about a Gambian girl who escapes traffickers.
The CRC also commemorated this special day with the Ministry of Gender and Children's Affairs. The Honorable Minister Manty Tarawally, and her Deputy Minister, Mr. Bindi Hindowa were present to give remarks alongside CRC Director Olivia Fonnie, and CRC Case Manager and Counselor, Edward Lavalie, with 7 children whose families are currently being supported by the CRC program.
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