President Weah Declares Tuesday, June 16 ‘Day of the African Child” To Be Celebrated As Working Holiday

His Excellency President George Mannh Weah
His Excellency President George Mannh Weah
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President George Manneh Weah, has by Proclamation declared Wednesday, June 16, 2021 as “the Day of the African Child” and is ”to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday. 

 

The Proclamation calls on citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations as well as 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.

 

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.

 

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Government of Liberia will join the African Union (AU) and other international partners to observe the Day with children across the African Continent.

 

This year’s Day of the African Child celebration will take place under the Global theme: “” Accelerate the Implementation of Agenda 2040 For an African Fit for Children” and the national theme: “Promoting Positive Arts, Culture and Heritage “

 

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 further recounted.President George Manneh Weah, has by Proclamation declared Wednesday, June 16, 2021 as “the Day of the African Child” and is ”to be observed throughout the Republic as a Working Holiday. 

 

The Proclamation calls on citizens and foreign residents, national and international youth organizations as well as 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.

 

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.

 

According to a Foreign Ministry release, the Government of Liberia will join the African Union (AU) and other international partners to observe the Day with children across the African Continent.

 

This year’s Day of the African Child celebration will take place under the Global theme: “” Accelerate the Implementation of Agenda 2040 For an African Fit for Children” and the national theme: “Promoting Positive Arts, Culture and Heritage “

 

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 further recounted.