A World At School, in collaboration with two local non-governmental organizations (NGO), It Takes A Village Africa and Bridge International Academies, has called on the government to address what it described as the plights of all children, especially for education in emergencies.
In a strongly worded statement A World At School issued yesterday as part of planned activities commemorating the 25th annual celebration of the International Day of the African Child, which is to be observed on Thursday, June 16, the group called on government to ensure that all school aged children be enrolled in schools by the end of the year.
Ceremony marking this year’s International Day of the African Child will accordingly be observed on the national theme, “Education in Emergency; Let’s Implement SDG4.” It is in line with the International theme, “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights.”
Other activities for the occasion, according to Moses Owen Browne, Jr., Global Youth Ambassador for Education, will include a parade through the principle streets of Monrovia beginning at the Ministry of Education in Sinkor to the Capitol building, where the students will present a petition focusing on education in emergency.
“This day will present a platform for raising awareness and calling government’s attention to the plights of all children, especially for education in emergencies,” Ambassador Browne said.
“With support from key partners including the Liberian Government, Bridge International Academies Liberia, Their World, A World At School and others, to whom we owe enormous gratitude, we set out beginning yesterday, June 14, to commemorate the 25th annual celebrations of the International Day of the African Child,” Ambassador Browne told journalists.
Proclaimed by the then Organization for African Unity (OAU), the Day of the African Child seeks to highlight the difficult challenges confronting African youths, and to draw the attention of governments to take actions so that African youths can realize their fullest potential, like their counterparts around the world.
According to Ambassador Brown, on June 16, 1976, Hector Pieterson was shot during a peaceful demonstration in South Africa against the use of Afrikaans in schools. He was 13 years old.
Pieterson’s death, he said, “signifies for us that advocacy pays. Forty years later, we mark this day as the Day of the African Child by encouraging young people to step forward and speak up about the issues that affect them.”
“This year’s celebrations,” he said, “are under the theme, Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights. As a group of civil society organizations and education advocates in Liberia, we call on our government to commit and take concrete steps towards the realization of Goal #4 of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030.
“We believe education can change the world, no matter what. Education can take us into the future that we long dreamed of. What matters most to us is training, teaching and mentoring young people with the right mind and curiosity, hope and resilience so they can be active creators of the future they want.”
Ambassador Browne made the comment with support from It Takes A Village Africa founder, Erica Davies, adding:
“A World At School has laid the foundation for a real-time advocacy in the 21st Century. A World at School has provided the tools, created the platform and modules we need as young education advocates to take our destiny in our own hands.”
He said as Global Youth Ambassadors and education advocates, “we are passionate about education, and this unique organization inspires us to continue to support young people, street children, out of school kids to see education as the only way forward from poverty and discrimination.”
He promised to continue dialoguing with authorities at the Ministry of Education, “because, we can no longer sit back and watch millions of children perish in poverty without an education; we must use this day to reecho our calls to governments around Africa to prioritize education.”