June 16, Day of the African Child

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Did you know that today, June 16, is the Day of the African Child?

Since the 16 June 1976, every 16th June is being observed as the Day of the African Child (DAC) in commemoration of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, where students who marched in protest against apartheid-inspired education, were brutally murdered.

DAC was instituted in 1991 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the then OAU instituted in memory of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa. Since then, the OAU and its successor, the AU, have used the DAC to remember these children, to celebrate children in Africa as well as to inspire a sober reflection and action towards addressing the plethora of challenges that children in Africa face on a daily basis.

The theme of DAC 2020 is centred on ‘Access to a Child-Friendly Justice System in Africa’ as adopted by the African Union Executive Council, during its 34th Ordinary Session, held on 07 – 08 Feb 2019.

Happy Day of the African Child (DAC) to all children of Africa, both home and abroad. #DayofTheAfricanChild.

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