Every year in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare of Bo, The Child Rescue Centre commemorates the Day of the African Child Day. This year’s theme “Pikin Nor For Lef Behine For Salone E Betteh Wan” (No Child Is Left Behind For the Betterment of Sierra Leone), inspired a fun, yet meaningful event for more than 200 of the children and youth enrolled in the CRC's programs.
Since 1991, The Day of the African Child has been celebrated across Africa to honor the children who participated in the 1976 Soweto Uprising and raise awareness for African childrens' education and welfare. The day has also become an opportunity to examine the progress of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child established in 1999.
The CRC's commemoration opened with prayer and remarks by Family Care Coordinators Deborah Kanneh and Amie Nallo. Education Manager Mabel Mustapha followed, exclaiming that “I am the happiest woman today to see children in the entire program join the Child Recuse Centre to mark this event. We have been working to promote the well-being of children and to uplift their social rights in this district and in Sierra Leone for more than 18 years.”
The celebration included a festive meal, dance competition, storytelling, and a powerful message to the children to take their education seriously. The event closed with a prayer for African children across the continent.