In 2016, ACERWC established a 25 year Agenda namely, “Agenda 2040: Fostering an Africa fit for children”. The main objective of the Agenda is to restore the dignity of the African child through assessing the achievements and challenges faced towards the effective implementation of the African Children’s Charter. The Agenda, by further elaborating Paragraph 53 of Agenda 2063, intends to establish long-term strategies that will contribute towards sustaining and protecting children’s rights in Africa. The overall target is to expand significant goals and priority areas to which the respective Member states and the African Union commit to for the upcoming 25 years.

The Agenda sets out ten solid aspirations to be achieved by the year 2040 and provides brief backgrounds with a deep insight on specific issues. The document also identifies action steps to be executed by Member States for the first period of the five-phased-25 year journey ahead.

The ten aspirations are the following:

  • Aspiration 1: The African Children’s Charter, as supervised by the African Children’s Committee, provides an effective continental framework for advancing children’s rights
  • Aspiration 2: An effective child-friendly national legislative, policy and institutional framework is in place in all Member States
  • Aspiration 3: Every child’s birth and other vital statistics are registered
  • Aspiration 4: Every child survives and has a healthy childhood
  • Aspiration 5: Every child grows up well-nourished and with access to the basic necessities of life
  • Aspiration 6: Every child benefits fully from quality education
  • Aspiration 7: Every child is protected against violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse
  • Aspiration 8: Children benefit from a child-sensitive criminal system
  • Aspiration 9: Every child is free from the impact of armed conflicts and other disasters or emergency situations
  • Aspiration 10: African children’s views matter

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