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THE DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD, 2015

The Community Programme for Children in Need together with other stake holders held the celebrations of the day of the African child. This day is observed annually by the United Nations in honor of the children who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976 in South Africa advocating for their rights in the society.

This year’s celebrations were held on 16th June 2015 in Nyahururu stadium where hundreds of children gathered to observe the important day. The children gathered early in the morning for a procession that led them to the stadium. Upon arrival in the stadium, the children were entertained by various groups. These items of presentation were based on the theme of the year; 25 years after the Adoption of the African Charter; Accelerating our collective Efforts to end Child Marriage in Africa. The children in their presentations called upon the society to stop forcing them into child marriages and to denounce cultures that encourage child marriages. In Saint Martin area of operation, the issue of child marriage is real and currently, the programme is hosting three girls who have been rescued from early marriage in Saint Rose Girls Roscue centre.

The organizers of the event also emphasized on the need for child involvement in the celebrations. The dais was full of children and the guest of honor happened to be a child. The master of ceremony was also a child and the keynote address was made by a child as the adults present sat back and listened. We hope to grow more into giving children space to be seen and heard on issues that directly affect them. We hope that the day of the African Child will one day be a children affair where adults will come in as guests and not organizers.

Read the speech from the Guest speaker- Gabriel Gichuki 13 years ,a pupil in Mount Angel Primary School - Nyahururu

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