DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD 2018
The Day of the African Child 2018 will be commemorated under the theme “Leave No Child Behind for Africa’s Development.” NASWU will join the National Celebrations that will be held in Kibaale District on June 16, 2018. This year’s celebrations build on the momentum created by the 2017 theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity.” It does so by emphasising the need to mainstream children’s rights in all (Agenda 2030) developmental programmes implemented by Member States. While the 2017 DAC theme focused on locating Africa’s children generally within the 2030 Agenda, the 2018 theme highlights the need to ensure that ‘NO CHILD IS LEFT BEHIND’ by specifically targeting those who are not benefitting from Africa’s growth and development. Thus, the overarching principle is inclusive development for children, that is, whenever undertaking to develop programs and policies for implementing Agenda 2030, children should be at the centre-stage and Member States should ‘ensure that no child is left behind’ in the drive towards sustainable economic development. This is particularly important in the African context where children form the majority of Africa’s population. Member States therefore need to focus on this group when working towards achieving the SDGs.