OUTCOME STATEMENT by the Children on the Commemoration of the DAC 2014

Theme: “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa.”

Guided by the theme of the 2014 Day of the African Child, which is, “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa”;

Recalling that free and compulsory primary education is a right for all children in Africa, and that this right is protected by the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international and regional human rights instruments;

Reaffirming that education is critically linked to Africa’s social and economic development and each child’s ability to realize their full potential;

Deeply concerned that despite the existence of global, continental, and sub- regional  commitments and investment in education by African States, millions of children in Africa still  do not have access to safe, quality and equitable education;

We, children and other participants attending the commemoration of the Day of the African Child on 16 June 2014 at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, on behalf of all children in Africa; Hereby strongly urge the African Union Commission, African Union Member States, UN agencies and international and regional organisations to work in partnership and focus efforts;

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Outcome Statement by Children DAC 2014

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Statement by the Chairperson of the ACERWC on the DAC Commemoration

THEME “A Child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa

YOUR EXCELLENCIES, INVITED GUESTS,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

BOYS AND GIRLS

ALL PROTOCOLS DULY OBSERVED

 

[To start with, my sincere regrets for not being here today- I am prevented from joining you because of reasons beyond my control]

The Day of the African Child (DAC) is commemorated every year on June 16 by Member States of the African Union (AU), the African Union Commission, its partners, and children in Africa.  This commemoration is firstly an occasion to recall the 1976 uprisings in Soweto where students protested against an education designed to further the purposes of the apartheid regime, but the DAC further presents an opportunity to reflect on the lived realities of children in Africa today.

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INVITATION TO MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

COMMEMORATION OF THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD (DAC)  2014 on the theme ” A CHILD FRIENDLY, QUALITY, FREE AND COMPULSORY EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN AFRICA”

WHEN:                      16 June 2014

WHERE:                    African Union Headquarters – Addis Ababa Ethiopia

WHO:                         ACERWC and UN, Plan International, Save the Children, ACPF

WHY:                   The DAC presents an opportunity for all Stake-holders on children’s rights, including government, non-governmental and international entities, to reflect on issues affecting children. The DAC 2014 theme “A Child Friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa”  aims to ensure the achievement of Article 11 of  the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC). To this end, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC), the treaty body vested with the mandate to monitor the implementation of  the Charter, in collaboration with partners are seizing this opportune moment to take stock of the progress made and the outstanding challenges towards the full realization of the rights of children in Africa.

 

BACKGROUND:     On 16 June every year, the African Union celebrates the Day of the African Child (DAC), in commemoration of the 1976 protests by school children in Soweto, South Africa. The students protested against an education designed to further the purposes of the apartheid regime. In 1991, the African Union Assembly passed a resolution designating 16 June as a Day for the celebration of the African child. Since 2008, the African Committee of Experts (ACERWC) has been vested with the mandate of identifying themes for commemoration of the DAC. During its 21st Session, the Committee of Experts deliberated upon and adopted the theme “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa” as the DAC theme for 2014. Significantly, the theme of 2014 DAC was drawn from consultations with children in the region which were conducted with the help of partners to the Committee.

 

EVENTS:      – Inter-generational dialogue between children and Experts

- Talent Show

- Mini-marathon

- Press Conference

Media representatives are invited to cover the Opening ceremony at 09:00 on Monday 16 June. A Press Conference will take place immediately after the Opening.

 

For more information, Contact: Kameni Ngankam (KameniY@africa-union.org) Tel: 00251 940 296 325

 

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Press Statement 434th Session of the AU PSC

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union held its first Open Session on “Children and armed conflicts in Africa” on 08 May 2014,  in collaboration with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). The Session was opened to international organizations and other partners concerned with children rights and welfare.

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Participants and the Council made strong recommendations to sustain efforts in the protection of children’s rights in the context of armed conflict in Africa.
Read more by clicking on the Press Statement on the 434th Session of the Peace and Security: 434-Final Press Statement on Open Session on Children in Armed Conflicts 8 May 2014.en

 

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23rd ACERWC Session Closed

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) has held its 8th Pre-Session and 23rd Ordinary Session from 07 – 16 April, 2014, which was attended by 10 Committee members, at the African Union Commission New Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The session was also attended by a large number of representatives from the African Union and its organs, UN Agencies , international organizations and  other partners.

The examination of Civil Society Organizations complementary reports from Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa on the implementation of the Charter took place during the Pre-session (07-08 April, 2014). In addition, the Committee held a constructive dialogue with the Government of Liberia on its initial State Party Report.

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Press Release ACERWC End of 23rd Ordinary Session

 

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