BUJUMBURA June 16th (ABP) – The Ministry of National Solidarity, Social Affairs, Human Rights and Gender released on Tuesday a statement related to the celebration of the African Child Day that takes place on June 16, 2021 edition.
The statement was read by the Inspector General of National Solidarity, Social Affairs, Human Rights and Gender, Mr. Célestin Sindibutume, a check by ABP revealed.
The theme chosen for this year is, “30 years after the adoption of the Charter, accelerate the implementation of the agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.
Mr. Sindibutume said that the commemoration of the African Child Day on June 16 of each year was decided by the African Union, following resolution CM / RES1290.
The latter offers the opportunity to keep a memory of the massacre of the children of Soweto, in 1976, who demonstrated to claim their right to education, he said, recalling that it was during the time of the apartheid regime in South Africa.
On that occasion, Mr. Sindibutume indicated that this day is celebrated in Burundi on June 16 in Maramvya, Mutimbuzi commune of Bujumbura province, at the Sobel site which hosts a good number of children victims of recent floods. Indeed, he added, the government of Burundi has made satisfactory progress with regard to the protection of children at the legal, political and institutional levels since the adoption of the African charter.
According to Mr. Sindibutume, it is worth mentioning the adoption of the national child protection policy, the establishment of the juvenile police, community initiatives to take care of vulnerable children, the reintegration of children in street situations and beggars, and the creation of three rehabilitation centers for minors in conflict with the law for child-friendly justice, not to mention the continuity of free basic school education and health care for children under five, as well as the establishment of the national children’s forum, he said.
To that end, he indicated that with the 10 aspirations of the agenda 2040 for children in Africa, the State of Burundi will spare no effort to accelerate its implementation, especially involving the children themselves.