The Day of the African Child celebration 2016 was a boom! We celebrated our African Children in style. This year’s event was extra fun for our African children from Ruben Primary School.
The day’s activities revolved around the Theme, “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all children’s rights”. The event started at 11 am with a procession that was a symbol of the marching of 1976 by black children from Soweto, South Africa protesting the poor quality of their Education. This being purely a day for the children, they had time to distract themselves through enactments from different groups including the Western style singing game, Kikamba traditional dance, Kisii dance, rap songs and acrobats from the school gymnastic crew. Some students also got a chance to exercise their right of expression by giving speeches on their Rights.
Tom together with Kaylee volunteers from Australia made the day unforgettable for the children through an exceptional deed. Tom shaved his luscious locks to raise money to help brighten the African child’s future in education through the World greatest Shave fundraiser. The fundraiser was done through social media where they requested friends and family from back home in Australia and all over the world to donate to help him in this noble cause. The children were amused by the expression of love by Tom even as many got the challenge on Tom’s true sacrifice for a worthy cause. Tom and Kaylee used the money they raised through the fundraiser to buy books, pencils, mattresses, bed sheets and inner wares for the little children.
The event was graced by several guests and associates including Panari hotel representative, Micato Safari’s representatives, media representatives from various media houses and other venerated guests. Panari Hotel provided a special lunch of Rice and beans for over 2,600 children. Micato also had a pleasant surprise for our children by giving track suits and shoes to over 300 pupils from poor backgrounds. The children got a chance to be entertained by local artists who included Oscar the Juggler who showcased his magic in what he does best juggling even as the Zangalewa troop entertained the children with their hilarious dance.
The event was crowned by awards whereby we recognized and appreciated the best students in the co-curricular activities which included games and sports, environment club, the young farmers club, music team and other categories. In the afternoon, we had a staff event whereby all Ruben Centre staff to reflect on our commitment to protecting children rights and stopping crime against the children in our custody in line with the Day of the African Child theme 2016.We also took time to recognize the best employees of the year from different departments. The employees were nominated in line with the eleven core values of Ruben Centre. From the Clinic Zipporah Mwangi was awarded, Joanes Wando went away with the Administration best employee of the year as Teacher Ken also took the best teacher of the year award.
On June 16, 1976, nearly ten thousand black students from Soweto, South Africa, marched the streets to protest the poor quality of their education. They marched as a way to demonstrate their disapproval of the Black Education Act, which segregated students based on their race. Hundreds of innocent students were shot by security forces. And in the 2 weeks of protest that followed, dubbed the Soweto Uprising, more than a hundred students were killed and thousands were badly injured. Since 1991, the Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 to commemorate those killed during the Soweto Uprising in South Africa, and to recognize the courage of the students who marched for their right to education. That is why we celebrate the Day of the African Child in honour of those children.