ZANU PF Youth League commemorates Day of the African child

by | Jun 17, 2021 | International | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

The ZANU PF Youth League yesterday  joined the rest of Africa in commemorating the Day of the African Child.
This year’s commemorations are running under the theme, “30 years after the adoption of the Charter: accelerate the implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.

Agenda 2040 is an African Union initiative aimed at fostering “an Africa fit for children.”
Every year on June 16, the African Union and its member States observe the Day of the African Child as a commemoration of the June 16th 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, where students who marched in protest against a racist education system were brutally massacred by the South African apartheid government.

In a statement, Zanu Pf Acting Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Tendai Chirau said there is need for youths to continue leading efforts for the total emancipation of the continent.
“The ZANU PF Youth League is cognisant of the ten aspirations underpinning Agenda 2040 whose aspirations can be summed up as calling upon State Parties to create environments where children can grow up safely, healthy, with identities and voices,” said Acting Secretary for Youth, Cde Tendai Chirau.

The Revolutionary Party Youth wing urged the world to remember thousands of African children who perished at Sharpeville, Chimoio, Tembwe, Nyadzonya, and many other places that the racist colonial governments indiscriminately killed.

The Youth League stands convinced that the war against Pan-Africanism is still alive and raging, even though the schematics have shifted gears.
The latest tactics such as economic warfare through unjust and unwarranted sanctions against African countries continue to put the vulnerable African child at a great disadvantage as most end up as child labourers, victims of illegal migration and separation, victims of disease and malnutrition and lack of basic education.

“We must in this regard continue to be vigilant and escalate efforts to free ourselves from neo-colonialism, not only for ourselves but for our children as well if we are to achieve the aspirations of Agenda 2040.
Barriers to Agenda 2040 such as evil sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe must be removed and we acknowledge the effort by SADC and AU in this regard,” continued Cde Chirau.

The government of Zimbabwe, through the able leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has promulgated such economic policies as the National Development Strategy 1 which puts children as major beneficiaries through the strengthening of social infrastructure and safety nets such as the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) which assist children from underprivileged families.

The government of Zimbabwe has introduced Education 5.0, a new progressive schools curriculum that aims to empower children with life skills.