All is set for the Day of the African Child and the official opening of the 25th session Junior Parliament which is slated for June 17, at the City Sports Centre in Harare.
This year’s celebration will be held under the theme “Appreciatively discovering Zimcheer entrepreneurs as a way of accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities towards fulfilling the 2030 agenda for sustainable development for children in Africa”.
The guest of honour at the Official Opening will be the President Robert Mugabe and several Cabinet Ministers, government officials and thousands of children from all over the Country are expected to attend.
The Day of the African Child came into being after the declaration by heads of state as an important day in the commemoration of the 1976 Soweto uprising that happened during the apartheid era in South Africa.
The day raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language.
More than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured.
Following the declaration the Government of Zimbabwe in 1991 established the Junior Parliament to recognize efforts made by children and young people in the various liberation struggles across Africa and their continued ability to be the vanguard of the hard won independences.
The inspiration to establish the Junior Parliament came from the Soweto massacre which took place on the 16th of June, 1976 at which more than 700 protesters, mostly children, were killed by the South African Police.
This year’s celebrations will focus on the journey ahead but most importantly will focus on the:
1. Milestones achieved along the way since 1991
2. Challenges and opportunities for youth, nationally and regionally,
3. The Future and Youth