Every year, the Day of the African Child is commemorated by Member States of the African Union (AU) and its Partners (in accordance with the OAU Resolution CM/Res.1290 (XL). The DAC presents an opportunity to focus on the work of all actors committed to the rights of children on the continent, thus consolidating their efforts in addressing the obstacles for realizing these rights. It also provides an occasion for Governments, International Institutions and Communities to renew their on-going commitments towards improving the plight of children by organizing activities aimed at including children themselves
Since 2007, Swaziland declared June as children’s month. The month provides the country with an opportunity to intensify advocacy on children’s issues. This then culminates to the commemoration of the Day of the African child. Every first week of June, the Government of Swaziland has continued to renew commitment to dedicating a whole month to intensify advocacy for children’s agenda by declaring June as children’s month on the first week of the month. However for 2017 the Launch of the Children’s month is proposed to be on the 1st June 2017 (Thursday) and it will take the form of a Media Launch with children’s participating during the day. During the Launch all stakeholders, including children, will convene to a proposed central venue and during the commemoration we propose Shiselweni Region at Eqinisweni Primary School on the 15th June 2017 (Thursday). The basis for choosing Shiselweni is the availability of the Eqinisweni School which provides a good model for inclusive education
The preparation for both the Launch and the commemoration event is coordinated by the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, in particular the Children’s Department, in collaboration with, other relevant government ministries, CANGO NGO Children’s Consortium and UNICEF Swaziland.
The theme selected by the African Committee for the celebration of the DAC in 2017 is “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for children in Africa: Accelerating protection, empowerment, and equal opportunity”. The child friendly version of the theme is simply “Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030”. As stakeholders we have agreed to focus on children with disabilities and our proposed localised theme is “For every child: protection, empowerment and equal opportunity.” The current issues facing children with disabilities require maximum protection, empowerment and equal opportunities. Hence we would like complement the Government of Swaziland’s efforts to enact the Persons with Disabilities Bill of 2015. Through this month and beyond we propose to also make visible all the other issues experienced by children with disabilities. Apart from the focus on children with disabilities, stakeholders would also use this opportunity to advocate for early identification and intervention of children with disability, safer school as centres of care and support through engaging teachers on positive discipline, and to raise awareness on the magnitude of sexual violence leading to the enactment of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Bill.
Given that Swaziland is a member of the AU and is also signatory to the UN CRC and African Charter on Welfare of children, the country is expected to commemorate the 2017 Day of the African Child.
|Activity||Proposed Venue||Proposed date|
Launch of Children’s month
|Sibane Hotel, Ezulwini||8th June 2017|
|Commemoration of the Day of the African Child||Eqinisweni Primary School in Nhlangano Swaziland||
Thursday 15th June 2017
4 dialogues to be held at comunities with the guidance of chiefs to facilitate discussing child rights.
|Proposed for all four (4) Regions of Swaziland.||26th – 30th June 2017|
| Radio programme:
Panelists hosted on the FODSWA radio programme “Teluleko ngekukhubateka” once every week for 6 months. VOC to be approached for additional slots.
|National Radio||June – December 2017|
Documentary on the campaign issues to highlight children’s views on disability and violence. This will also include video clips with voices from the Champions (Chiefs), teachers and children
|Proposed for all four (4) Regions||June – December 2017|
For more information about the DAC commemoration in Swaziland, please contact Lungile Mnisi at CANGO offices at 2404 4721 or email her at email@example.com.