Kenya joined the rest of African countries in celebrating the Day of the African Child, Thursday.
This is a day set aside to celebrate the African child, in memory of the black children who were killed in Soweto, South Africa for protesting against the injustices of the apartheid era in 1976.
The official marking of the event was held at Moi Gardens grounds in Lodwar, Turkana County under the theme “Conflict and Crisis in Africa- Protecting all Children’s Rights”.
The annual event which takes place on June 16 annually, has been celebrated every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity.
The event also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to the African child and an end to child labour.
Various children rights and protection organizations and government officials from various ministries attended the event, including the head of Kenya Children Assembly, Jeremiah Ngala and Social Security and Services in the Ministry of Labour Principal Secretary Ms Susan Mochache.
She assured that the government is committed to ensuring children’s rights are uphold including those with disabilities by setting aside Sh9 billion to benefit over 2,050 million children under the orphaned children program.
Ms Mochache urged parents to ensure children are enrolled in schools for it is their right.
Reading a speech on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary in Ministry of Labour and East Africa Affairs Phylis Kandie, she advised Kenyan communities to deceased from inter-community clashes.
She said cases such as cattle rustling, fight for pasture and other natural resources have greatly affected children rights, for they are caught in the middle and forced to drop schools, suffer injuries and even death.