President Weah declares Tuesday, June 16 ‘Day of the African Child’; To Be Observed As Working Holiday

His Excellency President George Manneh Weah
His Excellency President George Manneh Weah
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His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, has by Proclamation declared Tuesday, June 16, 2020 as “Day of the African Child”to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday. 

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the core significance of the observance of the Day of the African Child is firstly in memory of hundreds of black school children who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976. On that day, history recorded the brutal massacre in Soweto, South Africa, of protesting black school students against Apartheid, while advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

 

The Government of Liberia will join the African Union (AU) and other international partners to observe the Day with children across the African Continent under the Global theme: “ACCESS TO CHILD-FRIENDLY JUSTICE IN AFRICA” and the national theme: “ENSURING THE PROVISION OF CHILD JUSTICEFRIENDLY SYSTEM IN LIBERIA.”

 

An assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU), in keeping with resolution CM/RES.1290 XL commemorates annually on June 16 of each year as “Day of the African Child” to focus awareness of the problems and design remedies to adequately address the effects on the young African population, the proclamation explains.

 

“In adherence to the Convention of the Right of the Child, the Government of the Republic of Liberia ratified the Convention by an Act of the Legislature in 1992, which guarantees the full protection of children from all forms of depravation and abuse,” the Proclamation reads.

 

The proclamation further reveals that on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with international partners will hold an official indoor program in the Kofi Annan Conference Room, One UN Building at 10: O’clock ante meridian.

 

The Proclamation issued by the President calls upon all citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations and all government agencies concerned to join the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to execute appropriate programs befitting the observance of the Day, while adhering to prescribed COVID-19 health protocol.