Zanu PF marks Day of African Child


THE Zanu PF youth league has joined the rest of Africa to commemorate the Day of the African Child in remembrance of children who lost their lives during apartheid in South Africa in 1976.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Zanu PF acting deputy secretary for youth affairs Tendai Chirau said the Day of the African Child was important for Africa and Zimbabwe. He said the day was important in safeguarding children’s rights.

The Day of the African Child is celebrated in honour of schoolchildren who lost their lives on June 16, 1976, during the Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa.

“The African children of 1976 should be continuously celebrated and emulated as important symbols of the right to self-determination and human dignity as evidenced by the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the rights of the indigenous people by the United Nations General Assembly of 2007.

“African youths together with their progressive counterparts from across the globe duly contributed towards the ratification of a universal framework for efforts to advance indigenous people’s rights showing that flame for youth activism continues to burn even after 1976,” Chirau said.

This year’s Day of the African Child was celebrated under the theme: Access to a Child-Friendly Justice System in Africa.

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