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Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
Day of the African Child
08/06/11
The Ministry of Local Government will commemorate the Day of the African child in Tlokweng on 16 June 2011 under the theme, “All together for urgent actions in favour of street children”.

The Ministry of Local Government will commemorate the Day of the African child in Tlokweng on 16 June 2011 under the theme, “All together for urgent actions in favour of street children”.

The day is observed every year to reflect on the social ills and challenges faced by children and to reaffirm our commitment as a country towards the protection of their rights and wellbeing. However, the theme for this year calls for African Governments to take urgent actions for the protection and welfare of children living in the streets.

The theme lays emphasis on a specific category of African children: the street children, to draw attention to a serious threat posed to the stability and structure of their life as a result of factors like poverty, rural exodus, non- attendance or dropping out of school, family disintegration, and neglect, abuse, rejection, and scorn by family.

It also emphasizes ‘togetherness’ between government, its people, and stakeholders which include private sector, civil society, donor agencies and media in finding ways to put in place support systems and structures, to mobilize resources for the protection of children living on the streets.

A few fundamental rights as per the Children’s Act 2009 are as follows:

  • Right to shelter,
  • Right to health,
  • Right to appropriate parental guidance,
  • Right to clothing,
  • Right to education,
  • Right to protection from harmful labor practices,

It is hoped that all stakeholders will play their role in the commemoration of this auspicious event as it affects every member of the citizenry.

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