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140(July 2015)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth
(AMWCY)

Published by Enda with the support of Plan
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*Benin: children’s caravan
*Cameroon: a series of activities during the celebrations
*Côte d’Ivoire: WCY take part in a parade and a radio program
*Guinea: big public festival and a football match
*Niger: clean-up activities and sensitization
*Nigeria: annual symposium on education and environment
*DRC: WCY express themselves and condemn early marriages
*Rwanda: children’s activities in villages
*Senegal: sensitization caravan for authorities and the populations
*Sierra Leone: sensitizing pupils at schools

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Focus on WCY celebrate African Child Day
June 16 was celebrated around the theme: «Twenty-five years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa ». It was an important day for African children. WCY assessed their activities related to the promotion of African children’s rights. It was a moment of dialogue and advocacy with partners and authorities on issues relating to children. Below are some articles.

*Benin: children’s caravan
June 16 celebrations started with a big rally where thousands of children got mobilized for the occasion. Holding placards and banners specially made for the event, children’s caravan took to the cobblestones of the central market, headed for down town, before finishing their rally at the RANTI IFÊ OLUWA centre, in Dassa-Zoumé. They met with authorities, partners, protection stakeholders and journalists. About 4,000 organized and non-organized working children and youth with a majority of girls from different guilds, all affiliated to AWCY Dassa-Zoumé, took part in the celebration, alongside school pupils from “SOS-Villages d’Enfants” and other organizations. Authorities and stakeholders talked with children and WCY on the theme of African Child Day and on AMWCY.
aejt.benin@yahoo.fr, bonoubernardin@gmail.com

*Cameroon: a series of activities during the celebrations
From June 15 to 16, 2015, AWCY Douala and AWCY Mfou organized a series of activities in their localities.
In Mfou, the AWCY welcomed fifty participants from Akonolinga, Edea, Obala, Sa'a, Soa, and Yaoundé. The NGO ODECO and the woman in charge of the district all took part in the event. Contests dealing with WCY’s 12 rights, a fashion show, a dance competition, a debate on «early marriage and the emergence of Cameroon» were organized in addition to a march backed by a band, during which WCY brought to the attention of the populations the fact that «a child will never be ready for marriage». The event was supported by other partners such as KOLPING, Mfou Town-Hall and the manager of the prison where WCY made a stop during the parade. In collaboration with the «Africa Women Association» NGO and the Social Affairs delegation, WCY celebrated African Child Day in Douala with dance, shows, exhibitions, a debate on early marriage and a parade from Djoss bridge to Bonandjo to support the armed forces fighting against Boko Haram. More than 10,000 people were sensitized on early marriage.
christianito01@yahoo.fr, wilfriedson02@gmail.com

*Côte d’Ivoire: WCY take part in a parade and a radio program
African Child Day started with a parade by various Grassroots Groups from Grand-Bassam. Meanwhile a radio program was being organized at the local radio station on «girls’ forced marriage», attended by WCY and NGOs fighting for the cause of children. Speeches were made at the end of the parade by participants. It was followed by a dance contest, a ballet presented by WCY in Phare District, a quiz and a play relating to the theme of the day. When the play ended, professional comedians presented another sketch on risks related to child labor and on the promotion of WCY’ 12 rights. Meantime, WCY were organizing plays and parades in Abidjan-Sud, Aboisso and Bonoua, in the presence of authorities.
conemory@yahoo.fr, yvesrolandh@yahoo.fr

*Guinea: big public festival and a football match
Coyah’s AWCY organized a big public festival at the Youth Center on «Early Marriage» with the slogan «let’s eradicate Ebola to promote children’s rights». Different children’s associations in the Prefecture and the Youth Prefectural Director were present. Cultural activities and dance contests were organized among the smallest ones, alongside “blind” games, shows of strength, speeches and games involving young geniuses. Questions were based on the effects of early marriage, Ebola and the knowledge of the AWCY. More than a hundred children attended the ceremony and sent advocacy messages to authorities regarding the creation of programs or concerted actions in favor of children. In Conakry, WCY organized a gala football match at Concasseur Stadium, between the Grassroots Groups of Matoto and those of Ratoma. Messages pleading for the eradication of early marriage were launched.
cn.aejtguinee1@gmail.com, charlyket86@yahoo.fr

*Niger: clean-up activities and sensitization
The National Coordination of AWCY celebrated June 16 in Kollo on the theme: «Eradication of early marriage» in the presence of WCY from Dosso, Liboré, Makalondi, Niamey, Tillaberi and Ouallam. WCY organized clean-up activities and a sensitization session on the theme of the day through plays, poems, and traditional dances. In Maradi, sensitization materials were given to the AWCY to enable it to better carry out its activities, while a debate, a radio show and a foot-ball match were being organized by the AWCY in Agadez.
caejtn@yahoo.com, idrissagado10@gmail.com, Oumarou-hamani@yahoo.fr

*Nigeria: annual symsium opon education and environment
AWCY of Owode and Seme organized a symposium to celebrate African Child Day in Owode on the theme: «Ensuring sound education and a safe environment for children in Nigeria», in collaboration with groups working on children’s rights, namely «Western Initiative Group » and Awadagbe’s Children and Youth’Forum. Parents, children, youths, partners and authorities took part in the event. WCY sensitized people on the benefit of education, and the fact that working in a safe environment limits or puts an end to dangerous activities. WCY gave away school supplies to pupils, in particular to disadvantaged and vulnerable children. Dustbins were also given out to schools where these children go to, so that they can keep their environment clean.
awcynigeria@yahoo.com, awesuhalilusenu@yahoo.com, jamesboyon3@gmail.com

*DRC: WCY express themselves and condemn early marriages
AWCY of Idjwi celebrated African Child Day in partnership with the Area Commissioner, the Provincial Minister of Justice and in the presence of all the traditional leaders of Ntambuka, the supporting structure. WCY expressed themselves through poems and speeches which condemn early marriages, child exploitation in harbors, quarries, as well as gender-based violence.
aejtidjwi2013@yahoo.fr

*Rwanda: children’s activities in villages
Children's Voice Today and Save the Children organized activities on children’s protection and participation in communities. For 7 days, children, parents and community leaders were sensitized on children’s rights, thanks to these activities. June 16 was celebrated at two sites by AWCY Kigali: in the village of Kokobe and in the village of Taba, on the theme: «Accelerating our common efforts for early childhood development». Children sensitized communities so that they could support children’s activities and protect them against hazardous work and early marriage.
childrenrwanda@gmail.com

* Senegal: sensitization caravan for authorities and the populations
In partnership with Enda Youth in Action, AWCY of Diourbel, Nioro and Thies celebrated African Child Day in Nioro. At the same time, in Guédiawaye, Louga, Kaolack, Kolda, Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor, WCY were celebrating the day in their cities with various activities. In Nioro, through a sensitization caravan, WCY went all over the city and expressed their determination to authorities regarding the theme of the day.
cnaejtsn@yahoo.fr, minguendiay@yahoo.fr

*Sierra Leone: sensitizing pupils at schools
Since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, over 3,000 children have been pregnant and many of them are school going children aged between 15 to 18 years. On June 16, African Child Day, WCY met with the children in their schools and discussed the theme: «stop early marriages and teenage pregnancies». They collaborated with the community organization and department of guidance and counseling at Moyamba district to sensitize children. The latter were very happy to receive the information provided by WCY. Children’s questions and answers showed that they are aware of the importance of the theme. These issues dealt with the role of teachers in relation to pupils at school, the role of parents at home, the role of children regarding their own growth and the role of the Government and NGOs in child protection.
bangsheikh2013@gmail.com


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