World Vision Uganda marks the Day of African Child.

On 16th June, Kampala; World vision Uganda and its partner conducted a stakeholders dialogue and symposium to assess the progress made in the implementation of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

June 16th is marked and celebrated as a Day of an African Child. This year marks 30 years since the adoption of the African Charter and recommitment to accelerating efforts for and with children.

The goal of Agenda 2040, which was adopted in 2016, is to elaborate on aspects of Agenda 2063 relating to children and accelerate efforts towards the implementation of the African Children’s Charter. Importantly, it aims to restore the dignity of African children and improve their lives.

The Honorable Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo said ‘We are facing the real effects of the covid-19 pandemic and it is only through maintaining individual, family and community discipline that we shall overcome it. Care and Safety of our children are of utmost priority.’’

The World Vision Uganda seeks to ensure the facilitation of the implementation of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, which is aligned to the agenda 2040.

‘’A significant number of laws, policies and strategic plans have been enacted, developed, enforced, and implemented. Several child rights-related institutions have also been established and supported. The main objective of these legal and policy reforms has been to ensure, enable and guide the implementation of and enjoyment of the children’s rights in all spheres’’ – Honorable Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny-Dollo added

The comprehensive report launched, The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Country Report 2020, and The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child Country Report 2020 identifies the progress made, challenges encountered and set priority areas in the implementation of Agenda 2040. It also guides future strategies and interventions for the protection and promotion of children’s rights.

Government, civil society, children, and other stakeholders should play their part in accelerating the implementation of Agenda 2040 – for an Africa fit for children.

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Frank Byaruhanga is a human rights activist with years of experience in community dialogues, digital communication, advocacy and digital campaigns. He specializes in Media Relation Work, Management and Training with sufficient knowledge in Governance, Accountability, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth-led research, Content developer, Creative Activism, Social Media Management and documentary photography.

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