The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16th every year since 1991 when it was first initiated by the Organization of Africa Union (OAU) to honor those children who participated in the Soweto uprising in 1976 on the day. The annual events honor the memories of the students who were massacred in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976 for protesting against education injustice and inequality in the apartheid regime.

Each year the observation of the Day of the African Child raises public awareness of the need for improvement of the education and general wellbeing of children in Africa. Thus, governments, non-governmental organizations and International organizations gather on June 16, to discuss and implement policies and programmes for full realization of children’s rights in Africa. In the Volta Region, the Department of children marked the day with a radio discussion at Kingdom F.M 105.9.

The discussions was on the reflection on the progress made towards children’s rights as well as the challenges they continue to face and how governments and non- governmental organization can design policies and programmes to address them.

Through this celebration, listeners got to know that Africa as a continent has an Agenda known as Agenda 2040. Listeners phone in to appreciate that the discussions have been helpful and has given them basic insight on  some of the rights and responsibilities of children how some of these rights can be violated. They further on appealed to the Department and all other child protection actors to add community durbars to the lineup activities for more advocacy on issues affecting children and how it can be address.