Future of African children celebrated on anniversary of Soweto uprising

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The future of children in Africa is being celebrated across the world on Monday on the Day of the African child.

The day has been marked on June 16th every year since 1991 in honour of the young people who took part in the Soweto uprising in South Africa in 1976.

Thousands of children marched to protest the poor quality of their education and the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction.

The South African police, which at that time was under the control of the Apartheid administration, shot and killed hundreds of boys and girls.

Governments, NGOs, international organisations gather on the day to discuss the problems facing the full realization of the rights of children in Africa.

In South Sudan, children are facing many challenges during the on-going conflict in the country including displacement and abduction.

Erasmus Migyikra is a Child Protection Officer with the UN mission there.

Jacob Ruai asked him about the importance of the day.

Duration: 2’14″

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