Exactly 45 years ago, on the same day and date as today, Wednesday, June 16, the black children in Soweto, South Africa got tired of the very poor quality education they receive because of their skin colour.
They had dreams; dreams they knew were valid and can soar. They were also aware that their present reality will do nothing but take them very far away from these dreams, so they decided to march the streets to protest the poor quality education they daily received.
Their March was to communicate their disapproval. They wanted to be seen. They desired to be invested in. They knew their dreams would cause a great impact on society and they just wanted a chance for it to breathe. They earnestly craved a better quality of education.
However, their March protest recorded the death of hundreds of innocent students shot by security forces. With many badly injured. Their protest did not end well but it birthed changes in South Africa many years later.
Hence, in 1991, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 to honor those killed during the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, and to recognize the courage of the students who marched for their right to an education.
Though this happened in South Africa, the day became a day for the African child because the march reflects the state of education in Africa at the time. Looking around though, it’s safe to say it still reflects the state of education in Africa now. Even the absence of skin col
Education that ought to be a right is now a luxury. For the children who are underserved education is never a necessity because they cannot afford it.
The statistics show that over 50% of African children do not have access to quality education. To bring it home, 1 in every 5 of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria.
The question is then is, would history have to repeat itself before a collective effort is put into education? Does the death of the courageous children of African count for anything in the long run? What are the ripple effects of having more uneducated children than educated ones?
Today is a day to raise awareness about the need to improve the education of children living across Africa. It is also a day to remind you that your quota can go a long way.
What will you do about the African child’s education from today?
Please, choose to invest in it. You can invest via our parent organization, Mission Enablers Africa. Kindly put CEF in a bracket against your name as you donate.
Let’s help the African child see education as a right.