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The Day of the African Child (DAC) will be celebrated on June 16th for the 22 time to remember the 1976 massacre of SOWETO children. To go along with the event the Wings Education and Media along with the African Union are jointly organizing a special event about the rights of Children with Disabilities at the African Union head quarters, along with UNECA and the Embassy of South Africa starting from June 14th to 16th.
This DAC 2012 event addresses challenges that children with disabilities face like access to education, creating social space, social attitudes, stigma and discrimination, and ensuring their wellbeing.
The purpose of the event is to celebrate the Day of the African Child and raise awareness about the rights, capabilities and potential of children with disabilities and draw attention to situations of children with disabilities who are particularly vulnerable to marginalization or violence.
The event is expected to involve children from 11 African countries in three days of artistic, literary and musical experiences. Participants of the event include President Girma Woldegiorgis, Ministers, African Union representatives and Ambassadors along with officials from various international agencies are due to attend.
“This day means a lot to me, it has been a while since I started working with children. We need to learn to care for people with disabilities; we as a society tend to get uncomfortable around those with disabilities and we need to change that about us,” said Chachi Tadesse, founder of Hohete Tesfa Children’s Home.
The DAC is an occasion to commemorate the 1976 uprising in Soweto, when a protest by school children in South Africa against apartheid-inspired education resulted in the public killing of young unarmed protestors by police officers. The DAC further presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all groups committed to the rights of children on the continent as well as provides an occasion for governments, international institutions and communities to renew their on-going commitment towards the improving the trouble of vulnerable children by organizing activities aimed at including these specific children.