June 16th was a special day at the Child Rescue Centre and for many communities and countries across the African continent. Annually on this day across Africa, African Member States and its partners commemorate the Day of the African Child (DAC). DAC was established to raise awareness of the need for continuing improvement in education. As a partner of the Ministry of Social Welfare: Gender and Children Affairs in Sierra Leone, the CRC has made it part of their culture to bring together CRC children on this day of commemoration. After church, children from various locations within the Bo district congregated on the CRC compound for the Day of the African Child. Leading this commemoration event was Mabel Mustapha, the Education Manager at the Child Rescue Centre. Mabel encouraged children to remember that the DAC is not just a day for fun activities together, but also a day to commemorate and recognize the importance of their education. However, this day also included many opportunities for fun for the children and their families. They listened to music, danced, shared and listened to stories about the history and impact of the Day of the African Child, and played many outdoor games. At the end of all activities, children and their families were able to share an African dish together and pray together. The community of children, parents, and Child Rescue Centre staff were so thankful to be able to participate in this day of commemoration.
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