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International Day of the African Child

16 Jun 2015

16 June every year: Commemorating children killed protesting in Soweto in 1976.

Child Rep Addresses UN Gen Assembly Mtg on Children by UN Photo - click to view on flickr.comOn 16 June 1976 In Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black schoolchildren took to the streets to protest about the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of them were shot down; and in the two weeks of protest that followed, more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand injured.

To honour their courage and in memory of those killed, in 1991 the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union) established the Day of the African Child. The Day also draws attention to the lives of African children today.

You can find out more more about the Soweto protests, and view a video clip of news coverage on the BBC 'on this day' website. The Google Cultural Institute also has background information and photos.

You could use this Day to find out more about the lives of children living in Africa today. For example, check out the Our Africa website developed by SOS Children.

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no picture Losioki Somoire 16 June 2015, 11:17:58 On This Day of the African Child African Child Child of Africa A child of the universe and the world I am worth as the stars in the sky i am a champion Right in my continent I am a star In the beautiful African land I am worth an achiever "Child of Africa go past the limits Lift the bar high have your hopes ignited soar up the heights proof the African environment As being the best for your development Child of Africa You are a leader Your are dentist You are a teacher You are an author You are a pilot You are an attorney You are somebody You are somebody Child of Africa You are a star You are a star Child of Africa Tomorrow belongs to you Tomorrow belongs to the child Child of Africa Read hard enough Explore your talents Play in the African soil Hold on to your dreams For you have a future Child of Africa Beauty is bestowed upon you Future and Africa has been entrusted to you Change is waiting upon you Child of Africa A world full of peace Where the old respects you and your opinions An Africa where no child molestation No raping No neglect No kidnapping No killings No injustice against the child Equality is assured Child of Africa A world where everyone is happy about you Is waiting upon you Child of Africa Be strong and happy Ignite your strengths and joy for you are worth a child of Africa" Yes, i am worth a child I promise to live by my dreams I promise to protect my loyalty to Africa I promise to love my continent I am proud of my Africa Africa my wealth Africa my Future I trust you Africa -Losioki Somoire Losioki Somoire's photo.

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