Sierra Leone Library Board (SLLB) in collaboration with Sierra Leone Canadian Aid for Children in Schools, on Friday 15th June 2012, joined other African countries to commemorate Day of the African Child. This yearís global theme for commemoration was; ĎThe Rights of Children with Disabilityí. As part of the commemoration, SLLB conducted educational and cultural activities for schools at SLLBís headquarters in Freetown. The ceremony attracted hundreds of pupils, teachers, parents, NGOs and staff of the SLLB, among others.
Head of Childrenís Department in the SLLB, Mrs. Aminata Bangura said the day is very paramount to African children all over the world.
According to her, 16th June of ever year, is commemorated by the African Union in line with Resolution 1290, to further commemorate the 1976 massacre of children in Soweto, South Africa. Mrs. Bangura noted that, those children took part on street demonstrations demanding their rights to racism, free education and other facilities, during the apartheid system in South Africa.
She said the board used the day to engage the children on several activities including quiz competitions, geared towards the promotion of their academic work. Mrs. Bangura maintained that, the SLLB special theme for the quiz competition this year was; ďUpholding the Rights of Children with Disability in Sierra LeoneĒ.
According to her, the objective of the theme is to enable the pupils to research widely and know about disability in their continent. She informed that, all questions in the quiz competition were based on Sierra Leone, the African continent, disability issues and childrenís rights.
SLLBís Admin Assistant, Madam Maude Hanciles said, pupils from the blind, deaf and dumb schools were brought onboard the commemoration so as for them not to feel marginalized.
The day ended on a very high, successful note.
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