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AWOL celebrates Day of the African Child with school children

AWOL celebrates Day of the African Child with school children

The Day of the African Child is celebrated every year on the Continent and around the world since 1991 when it was initiated by the Organization of African Unity – OAU (now African Union – AU).

The OAU dedicated June 16 to the honour of the brave actions of young people during the 1976 Soweto uprising, when thousands of Black school children took to the streets under the South African apartheid regime to protest against the inferior type of education they were receiving; and also wanted to be taught in their native language. This resulted in many of them being murdered as the protest continued for weeks.

It is also a day to fight for the cause of children in trouble: the AIDS orphans, the disabled, child soldiers and impoverished youth who will inherit the continent.

In homage to that day and in recognition of the importance of education to the development of children for the future of our nation, Sierra Leone, AWOL celebrates the Day of the African Child (DAC) on June 16th 2012 with school children in various parts of the country with the theme: ‘Our Children, Our Future, Our Survival’.

In simultaneous events, AWOL will provide food, refreshment, entertainment, and learning materials to selected primary school pupils in Freetown, Makeni, Bo, Pepel, Bumbuna, Masiaka, Lungi, Moyamba, Kono and Pujehun.

In addition, AWOL will award special prizes to the top performing pupils from the various schools selected for the programme.

AWOL Chairman, Amb. Anthony Navo Jnr., says in Freetown that he hopes the programme will inspire school pupils to work hard and aspire for higher heights.

AWOL joins other organizations as we celebrate the uniqueness and achievements of Sierra Leonean children and affirm our faith in the possibilities of their future; and the future of our country as a whole.

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