Putting children first: Day of the African Child

ICS–SP joined the rest of the world to commemorate this year’s Day of the African Child, themed “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030." In Rarieda County, the ICS-SP team joined children at Kanyichudo Primary School, East Asembo in Rarieda Sub County.

Children showcased their talent through a range of activities that focused on parental love, children’s rights, and child protection, roles of stakeholders, zero poverty, and eradication of illiteracy amongst children. And the impact of ICS-SP was clearly felt, with many children happy that they now understand their rights more than before because of our programs on Ending Violence Against Children and Skilful Parenting.

 “I have known that children can be celebrated. Inside my heart I feel I am safe with all the stakeholders around us. Thank you ICS for coming on board to give our parents the light, my father will be a better father,” says Elisha Odeny, a pupil from Obaga Primary school.

Children can express themselves freely
It was a celebration of its kind that allowed children to express themselves freely, and educate the public and talk about issues, which affect their daily lives, with at least 1,200 children taking part in the event.

Several organizations and CSOs took place including Plan International, ACE Africa, Ruma Women Development, RafikiwaMaendeleo, Unbound, Double Joy, Mahaya CDDC, Women Enterprise, Provincial Administration, government officials and CBOs. Stakeholders were encouraged by children to unite together and fight perpetrators of sexual abuse who later infect children with HIV.

Day of the African Child in Dodoma, Tanzania
In Tanzania, ICS-SP joined other stakeholders in Dodoma region to celebrate the Day of the African Child. In Dodoma town, children and parents had a chance to reflect on the theme of the day through group discussions. The guest of honor was Hamis Kigwangala, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender and Elders and Children. Recognizing that Ending Violence against children requires concerted efforts, Mr. Kigwangala urged all stakeholders in the sector to work together for a common goal.