The Day of the African Child is celebrated on 16 June every year in commemoration of the 1976 massacre of SOWETO children in the then apartheid South Africa. The theme for this year is "All Together for Urgent Actions in Favour of Street Children". We present below a collection of resources on this year's theme including a message from the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, a statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children and much more. We believe that these resources are important in promoting this year's theme. Any related submissions are welcome (please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


African UnionMessage of the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the Occasion of the 21st Edition of the Day of the African Child (2011) l English l French l

Concept Note on the Commemoration of the 21st Edition of the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2011 under the theme: "All Together for Urgent Actions in Favour of Street Children" l English l French l


Ms. Marta Santos PaisStatement by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, on the commemoration of the 2011 Day of the African Child l Download l

 

 


Press Release: UNICEF calls African governments to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse,  UNICEF l English l French l


Joint statement by the Consortium for Street Children to the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on the commemoration of the 21st edition of the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2011 under the theme: ‘All together for urgent actions in favour of street children’ l Download

Media Release: The Consortium for Street Children celebrates the Day of the African Child l Download l

Street Children: A Mapping & Gapping Review of the Literature 2000 to 2010, Consortium for Street Children l Download l

 


Meseret TadesseInterview with Mr. Meseret Tadesse, Executive Director, Forum for Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE)

The theme of All Together for Urgent Action in Favour of Street Children [for the 2011 Day of the African Child] matches with our thinking of an inclusive all together approach...all stakeholders should come in and take stakes in supporting street children

Read the full interview l Download l

 


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The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) launched the African Child Information Hub (InfoHub), a one-stop shop of data and information on children in Africa, in November 2006. The main objective of the InfoHub is to create a forum to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experiences on matters relating to children. In 2010, ACPF redesigned the InfoHub website to make it more dynamic, rich in content, appealing in look, user friendly and turning it into a site that has attracted more users.

The InfoHub features a range of services such as:
• A database of child-focused organizations
• Data and Statistics on indicators of the wellbeing of children in Africa
• The African Child E-Newsletter
• News
• An events calendar
• Reports, documents and research publications on the state of children

The InfoHub website’s database and information is updated and expanded on a continuous basis.
The African Child E-Newsletter, one of the new features, published on a bi-monthly basis, serves as a platform for organizations and individuals working in the area of child rights and wellbeing to share and disseminate their research/publications, data, new developments and event announcements. It is aimed at providing an avenue for existing and unknown data and information to be disseminated as well as a channel for researchers to solicit information. The “Interview of the Month” and “Special of the Month” sections of the E-Newsletter provide theme-specific content on different areas of child rights and wellbeing.

 

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28 November 2012 - Facing hardship, families in Benin are sending their children to work in sometimes brutal conditions in neighbouring Nigeria.

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Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has decried the number of African children dying as a result of their inability to access safe drinking water and sanitation.

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The number of children suffering from malnutrition in Kenya has increased in the last decade.

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UNICEF, the national office for disaster response and other humanitarian partners are gearing up their relief operation for people affected by cyclone Giovanna that struck Madagascar today.

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At a waterlogged gold mine in western Kenya’s Migori District, 14-year-old Jacob*, one of 15,000 children toiling in the region’s pits, scours the water for glistering flakes, a job he says beats going to school on an empty stomach.

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The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure which was adopted at the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, will be open for signature at a signing ceremony to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 28 February 2012 and thereafter at United Nations Headquarters.

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Leading chocolate maker, Hershey Company, has announced a scheme aimed at addressing the illegal use of child labour in the cocoa industry in West Africa.

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Inside a smoky makeshift kiosk, Julie*, 16, can hardly cope with the demand from her clients for a cup of tea and a snack - the men are parched from their work as gold miners in the western Kenyan district of Nyatike.

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