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Day of the African Child - June 16, 2012

The Day of the African Child marks the anniversary of the Soweto Uprising in 1976. On June 16, 1976, thousands of black South African students joined in a protest against the education policies of the apartheid regime. Police responded with force, killing at least two hundred children. Since 1991, June 16 has been an occasion to honour the courage of the children who participated in the protests, and to advocate for further action to address the physical and educational needs of children in Africa.

This year's theme is: "The Rights of Children with Disabilities": 'the duty to protect, respect, promote and fulfil.'

Rights for Deaf Children Today programme

This program empowers families of deaf children with skills and capacity to advocate for fulfillment of their deaf children’s rights, in particular the rights to family life, education and protection. This is done through building the capacity of parents and the entire family to communicate with and support their deaf children, to understand their responsibilities and to engage in decisions affecting their deaf children. This will eventually lead to the formation of a national movement of parents of deaf children, to advocate for issues affecting their children. The program, which initially targeted 800 families in Kitui, Embu, Mumias and Kajiado, is now being expanded to three additional counties, namely, Nandi, Nyandarua and Kwale.

Activities to mark the Day

The program has lined up several activities to mark the Day in the four project districts. In Kitui District, children with hearing impairments from the project school with the help of the Education, Assessment and Resource Centre (EARCs) will develop a communiqué to be presented to the Chief Guest during the national launch of the Day to be held on 9 June 2012 in Mwingi District. A deaf child will read the communiqué. Also, a children’s march will precede the national launch celebrations in Mwingi District.

In all the other project counties, there will be a children’s march preceding celebrations of to mark the Day. Also a series of essays will be written by deaf children and the best essays selected for award of certificates. Besides, the children will showcase drama, skits and songs on the theme of the Day. In Embu, Mumias and Kajiado districts, a child of hearing impairment will lead the programme of the Day. The district level activities will be attended by parents, teachers, children with hearing impairments as well as other children, stakeholders on children issues. other members fromthe community and government officials.

Prior to the Day, officers from the program will hold television talk-shows with the national television, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) to educate and inform the public on the rights of deaf children in Kenya.

ANPPCAN welcomes you to join us in the above districts to mark the Day, thus, help in realizing the rights of the deaf children to family life, family protection and education.