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International day for the African child: Educationist Advocates Punitive Measures for Child Rights Violators

By Joachim Dangana.

The day for the African child is being celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991 when it was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity, OAU.

Day-of-the-African-Child-5It honours those who participated in the Soweto uprising of 1976. That day, it also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.

On June 16th every year, Governments, NGOs, International Organizations and other stakeholders gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of Children in Africa.

In an exclusive interview with our reporter today in Jalingo to commemorate the day, the Director, Winners Comprehensive High School Jalingo, Danlami Shamaki said the day is significant because it was set aside to celebrate children and also to know the challenges bedeviling them.

The educationist said punitive measures should be meted out to violators of child rights like those that engage in Child Trafficking, molestation, rape, and hawking.

Danlami Shamaki called on parents to improve the education of their wards through the provision of school fees, textbooks, and uniforms to make life convenient for them.

He said it was the right of the African Child to have access to education and health, hence the need for all Children to always know their medical condition.

Danlami Shamaki called on the state government to enact laws that would control Childbearing, so that parents can give birth to the number of Children that they can cater for conveniently.

Speaking against the backdrop of children at the IDPs camps, he called on the state government and the well to do in the society to support them towards making them forget their sorrows.

Shamaki also charged parents to be the watchdogs of their Children and be mindful of the friends they keep.

               

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