The African Committee recognizes the importance of the Day of the African Child (DAC) as an advocacy tool for enhancing the visibility of the Charter as well as promoting children’s rights and welfare issues . The (DAC) is one of the standing promotional activity of the Committee. It traces its roots to the 1976 uprising in Soweto, South Africa. The day is celebrated every year on June 16; the celebrations are based on themes identified and agreed upon by the Committee  after consultations with children organized by partners organizations.

DAC was instituted in 1991 by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the then OAU instituted in memory of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa. Since then, the OAU and its successor, the AU, have used the DAC to remember these children, to celebrate children in Africa as well as to inspire a sober reflection and action towards addressing the plethora of challenges that children in Africa face on a daily basis.

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”.

Below are previous theme of the DAC.

YEAR THEME
2002 “Popularizing the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child”
2003 “Birth Registration”
2004 “Child and the Family”
2005 “Africa’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Our Collective Responsibility”
2006 “Right to Protection; Stop Violence against Children”
2007 “Combat Child Trafficking”
2008 “Child Participation”
2009 “Africa Fit for Children: A Call for Accelerated Action Towards Child Survival”
2010 “Planning and Budgeting for the Rights of the Child: A Collective Responsibility”
2011 ‘All Together for Urgent Actions in Favor of Street Children’
2012: “The Rights of Children with Disabilities: The Duty to Protect, Respect, Promote and Fulfill.”
2013: :“Eliminating Harmful Social and Cultural Practices affecting Children: our Collective Responsibility
 
2014: A Child friendly, quality ,free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’
 
2015: “25 Years after the adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa”
2016 Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights

 

2017 “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Africa: Accelerating Protection, Empowerment and Equal Opportunity