“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela
The celebration of the Day of the African Child (DAC) created by the AU, not only reminds us the struggle and the agonizing event that occurred in 1976 in Soweto, South African when unarmed students were advocating for their right for quality education, thus resulted in the loss of lives of more of them; but the DAC also draws attention to the lives of African children vis a vis education today.
The theme chosen for this year ‘A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa’ is appropriate.
Forum for African Women Education (FAWE) is still deeply concerned by gender disparities which are still evident at all levels with girls’ schooling lagging behind that of boys in Africa.
FAWE takes the opportunity to advance arguments related to parity in primary education and on issues of improving education quality, and advancing completion and learning achievement rates, especially for girls. However, this is not to overshadow efforts that have been made to improve education system in Africa till today. But a lot of work still remains to be done.