Day of the African Child
"We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today.”
These words were said by Gabriela Mistral, a latin American Nobel Laureate in the mid-1900s. Her words are still true today and they resonate deeply in Africa. They resonate deeply when we think about our children. How can we ensure that all African children have the childhoods they deserve, with access to healthcare, education and the opportunities to give them a better future?
Every year, Reach for Change Africa commemorates the Day of the African Child to draw attention to children’s rights across the continent. We believe that children are everyone’s business and we invest in children because they are our future leaders, co-workers and customers. But children are not only our future - they are also our present. Every child is a unique individual with their own rights, here and now. That is why we are proud to take part in the Day of the African Child and to promote the rights of all African children, to provide platforms for people to discuss issues affecting our children and to support ideas that improve the lives of African children.
On the Day of the African Child 2017, you are invited to join the conversation, to be a part of the movement to promote the rights of the African Child. Here are some ideas for how you can get involved: