International day of the African child 2022

 

International Day of the African Child

International Day of the African Child is celebrated on 16th June every year.

This year’s theme is ‘Eliminating harmful practices affecting children: Progress on policy and practice since 2013′

Why celebrate the day of the African child?

In 1991, the Organisation of African Union (OAU) now African Union (AU) initiated this celebration so as to honour those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in South Africa in 1976.  

Read more on the Soweto Uprising here.   

https://www.gov.za/YouthDay2022

What does this day mean to Africa Kids Book Club?

Our contribution to this year’s theme is by keeping children positively engaged through reading as a past time activity and thereby keeping them off harmful practices.

The literacy level for Kenya in 2018 was 82% according UNESCO Institute for Statistics uis.unesco.org. This to me indicates that education remains a key priority for our children and the free education for primary school has contributed to growth in our literacy level

Educating the African child is imperative as a basic human right. Therefore, as a social enterprise, we complement the school curriculum by supplementing the children’s reading content.

Who will tell the African story if we do not equip our children to do so now? That is the reason why we decided to focus on African Literature from the inception of our kids book club.

By reading African authored books, the children gain knowledge from their own continent, appreciate their own culture and own their heritage.

Today’s African child should be given the opportunity to access knowledge not only in the classroom but also from story books, museums, cultural centres, national parks and even from the natural environment such as forests and parks.

As the founder of Africa Kids Book Club, I envision the African child as an ambassador of tomorrow’s Africa. A knowledgeable child who is proud of being African, a leader in their own field and better still one who can tell the African story of their generation.


Monica Nyambura
Mentor- Teen Author Program
Author of Discover the Real You ( Poetry) and Chronicles of Life & Love (Poetry

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Very insightful

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