The Day of the African Child

All Centres

All centres across Mukuru Promotion Centre will celebrate the International Day of the African Child on 16th June 2020.

The history behind the Day of the African Child originated from Soweto South Africa.  On June 16, 1976 nearly ten thousands black students marched the streets to protest the poor quality of their education.  They marched as a way to demonstrate their disapproval of the Black Education Act, which segregated students based on their race.  Hundreds of innocent students were shot by security forces.  In the two weeks of protest that followed, dubbed the Soweto Uprising, more than a hundred students were killed and thousands were badly injured.  Since 1991 the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 to commemorate those killed and to recognise the courage of the students who marched for their right to an education.

The Day also is an opportunity to raise awareness for the ongoing need to improve the education of children living across Africa.