Educate a Child in Africa, Inc. commemorated the Day of the African Child with members of its Play and Learn | Leadership club under the theme ‘Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights’. The children assembled at the Cassava Farms club venue for the occasion which was coordinated by Ntangu Veena and Diom Dutchelle (club members), and the team of Educate a Child in Africa, Inc. Mishla-pride offered an opening prayer while Veena led her mates in singing both the national and club anthem.
The first slot of the program was a short story. The young Africans attentively listened as they were told the origin of the Day of the African Child, celebrated on the sixteenth of June each year. At the end of the story, they all participated in enumerating their different inalienable rights and wished the rights would be respected every other day.
The program continued with an activity called ‘My Ideal Community’. Here, the children worked in groups to draw pictures of the Africa they desire. Monyongo Seraphine, one of the children, interpreted their drawings to mean: ‘no to wars in Africa’, ‘no to terrorist attacks’, ‘yes to an education-friendly environment’ and ‘yes to an Africa where all children’s rights are respected’.
In harmony, they took turns to play the ECA games of Secret Inspiration and Shape Tracker. Both games made the children to perform different tasks around the theme of the day. Cheers and laughter filled the air through it all. As the occasion came to an end, the Play and Learn | Leadership club members were delighted to have been part of the ceremony. They returned to their communities determined to be ambassadors of peace.