The “Day of the African Child” traces back to the year of 1991 when the African Union (AU) initiated a remembrance to the children who lost their lives in a peaceful protest in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976.
GCAP Ghana commemorated AU Day of the African child on the theme ‘Every Child is Protected Against Violence, Neglect and Abuse which was held in Tema in the Greater Accra Region. The event attracted school children, teachers and NGOs within the metropolis. The occasion provided an opportunity and a platform to raise awareness on the SDGs and the role of the African child with reference on Goal 2,3 and 4. In a statement, the national coordinator of GCAP Ghana, Mr. Kenneth Amoateng implored the children to be good ambassadors of themselves and serve as a role models for other children in their communities and cultivate the habit of championing their right to education and bold to report cases of abuse or violence. The children on their part call on the local authorities to formulate policies and programs that protect their rights and create an enable environment for them to discover their full potentials without any form of threat to their education.
Organisers also used the occasion to urge stakeholders to continue to foster unity and togetherness so that with one voice, they can continue to demand accountability from Government.