International Day of the African Child takes place on June 16, 2021. The Day of the African Child has been celebrated every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
In Soweto, South Africa, on June 16, 1976, about ten thousand black school children marched in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the poor quality of their education and demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, the most famous of which being Hector Peterson. More than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, and more than a thousand were injured. (With material from: Wikipedia)
Where is Day of the African Child?
When is Day of the African Child?
Wednesday, the 16th of June 2021
- The Soweto Uprising (Ohio Short Histories of Africa)
- The Road to Soweto: Resistance and the Uprising of 16 June 1976
- The Soweto uprisings: Counter-memories of June 1976 (Ravan local history series)
- The Soweto Uprisings: Counter Memories of June 1976
- Soweto Uprising