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UNICEF drums support for African child

The United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF) says it remained committed to support the governments and other stakeholders to meet the agenda 2040.

The UNICEF, Chief of Kano Field Office, Mr Maulid Warfa, gave the assurance in Kano while addressing journalist shortly after a football match organized in collaboration with Kano SUBEB, to commemorate the 2021 Day of the African Child.

Mr Warfa explained that the Assembly of Heads of States and Government of the then Organization of African Union (OAU), instituted the day in 1991, in memory of the June 16, 1976 students uprising in Soweto, South Africa.

He said at that time, students marched in protest against the poor quality of education they were receiving and demanded to be taught in their languages.

Mr Warfa noted that the protesting students were gunned down by the then security agents of the Apartheid Regime.

Mr Warfa noted that the day was further adopted by the African Committee of Experts Review on the Welfare of the Child in 2016.

Mr Warfa said that UNICEF would continue partnering with other stakeholders in the core sectors of health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and child protection.

The football match was played between four teams, which were, Education, Health and Nutrition, Child Protection and WASH.

At the end of the competition, team WASH emerged first position and lifted the trophy.

The theme for this year, is titled: “Accelerate implementation of Agenda 2040 for an Africa fit for children”.

Abdullahi Jalaluddeen

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