The Day of the African Child
- Published: Monday, 23 October 2017 13:36
very 16th of June the world celebrates the African child. It is a day that commemorates the children who were massacred in South Africa following the uprising against an education system that promoted apartheid. Ruben centre was not left behind and celebrated the day in style. This year’s theme was on child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa. It was a fun and merry making day for children at Ruben Centre. They were treated to dances, poems, acrobatics and recitals by their fellow colleagues. They also enjoyed scrumptious snacks such as crisps, milk and biscuits donated by surrounding companies and individuals.
There were also awards for best performing pupils in different categories such as academics, library, athletics, cleanliness and discipline. Teachers were not also left behind and the best African boy and girl award went to the head teacher and her deputy. This was because of their collective effort of making Ruben Primary a haven for the children of Mukuru slums. This is also the day when all the staff from Ruben Centre meet and share a meal together as a symbol of oneness and to share amongst the staff of different programs. The staff were also challenged to a writing competition on the theme of the African child and the best writer was awarded during this meal. We also said goodbyes to two wonderful volunteers; Grant and Josephine from Emmanuel College Warrnambool- Australia who were with us for two months. It was an amazing day for all of us especially seen the smiles and joy in the children. This was further enhanced by kind donations from:
Deepa Industries- Tropical heat who donated crisps for all the children
Longhorn Publishers- Donated text books
Indian ladies from an estate: Jokim Estate who contributed money and donated milk and biscuits Thank you all for your generosity.