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

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It is widely assumed that few of the estimated 50,000 'talibés' in Senegal - boys in Koranic schools, or 'daaras', studying to become Islamic teachers - who roam the streets begging for money to support their religious leader ('marabout') will end up teaching, and most will become vagabonds, delinquents and robbers. Now, child protection experts say their future is not always so bleak - the skills that talibés develop on the streets can turn them into successful traders.

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The Cross River government has said that henceforth any child found roaming the streets or any public centre in the Calabar metropolis would be arrested.

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Government sets up committee to implement law and get Lagos kids off the streets

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The majority of children who live in extreme difficulties live in the developing world. More than a million of them live in Tanzania. There are about 2.2 billion children in the world. At least 1.9 billion of them live in the developing world where the quality of life is bleak. Some slog it out for a living in the worst form of labour.

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Derrick*, 12, has left home and now lives on the dusty streets of northern Kenya's Marsabit town. His parents - who live in a village several miles away - could no longer afford to feed him, and he spends most days begging for food.

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Every citizen especially the vulnerable groups are supposed to feel secure whenever they see a member of the security forces, but the situation here in Zimbabwe sees the reverse occurring.

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There are thousands of children living and working on the streets of Accra and other regional towns, and the number in Accra is growing by the day. The problems of streetism and child labour are complex and the phenomena have grown over the years.

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Before the end of this month, Kampala streets will not have street children and their mothers, First Lady Janet Museveni, announced yesterday.

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The number of street children in Arusha city is on the decrease while the situation in Moshi Municipality seems to worsen as more children take onto the streets at the headquarters of Kilimanjaro region.

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