25 JULY 2015 - First Lady Esther Lungu has warned that Zambia is doing itself a de-service by denying children with disabilities an opportunity to participate in day-to-day activities.

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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 "Rights of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect, to Promote, and to Fulfil". 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, C 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 (ACERWC) on the occasion of the 22nd Commemoration of the Day of the African Child (DAC), 2012 l English l French l

Theme: Rights of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect, to Promote, and to Fulfil

Concept Note, Day of the African Child 2012, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) l English l French l

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Marta Santos PaisMessage of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children on the 22nd edition of the Day of the African Child l Download l

 


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The Sixth Civil Society Organisations Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (CSO Forum), 21-23 March, 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Report of the Sixth Civil Society Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child l Download l

Communique to African States by Sixth CSO Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) l English l French l

Recommendations to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) by the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC l English l French l

Key Recommendations from the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC for Submission to the ACERWC l English l French l

Commitments of Civil Society Organisations at the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC l English l French l

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Prohibiting and Eliminating All Corporal Punishment of Children with Disabilities in Africa, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children l English l French l

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NEWS

Swaziland to be a child-friendly country – DPM

UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa

NIGERIA: Minister Decries Rising Bias Against Disabled Children

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11 November 2012 - Sentayehu Feleqe,14, is a grade nine student. He came from Tullubolo, Oromia to Cheshire's Menagesha Rehabilitation Centre to get treatment for his leg illness.

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4 October 2012 - Art programmes have widely been considered unaffordable luxuries by Swaziland's public schools, but one school has broken from the pack, using art to improve academic performance and economic prospects for students with disabilities.

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21 September 2012 - It was only when her daughter, then five years old, was playing near railway tracks in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, and failed to hear the whistle of an oncoming train that Marie Louise Rasoamanalina, 46, realized the child had hearing difficulties.

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26 July 2012 - Being young and poor in South Africa is already tough. Add a disability to that equation and watch the difficulties multiply. Apart from various practical challenges to mobility and accessibility, the prospects disabled youth have for studying and finding work are often bleak.

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24 July 2012 - It is a round 10.00Am, the sun is shining and it is too hot. The city looks too busy with the comings and goings. Outside Muhanga town, about 20 women of all ages sit in groups, discussing.

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5 July 2012 – This year’s Day of the African Child was commemorated under the theme ‘The Rights of the Children with disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfil’.

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Out of fear, shame and strong traditional beliefs, disabled children in Togo are often ridiculed, hidden indoors for years and neglected, cutting them off from normal life and worsening their plight.

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A 17-year-old, who lost his sight at the age of ten due to river blindness, speaks for many of Africa’s children with disabilities when he says: “I thought it was the end of my world, but with education, I am hopeful that I will be useful in society and not be a beggar in the streets.” Bai Kamara is enrolled at the UNICEF-supported Educational Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the capital Freetown where work is underway to put the Sierra Leone Child Rights Act into Braille.

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