Next World Children's Day in Eastern & Southern Africa to Be Held in Zimbabwe
November 20 marks the World Children's Day (WCD) to commemorate the Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN General Assembly on this day, 1959. This year's joint Eastern and Southern Africa events dedicated to the day were held in Namibia.
Next year's United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund [UNICEF] Sub-regional World Children's Day will be hosted by Zimbabwe, the country's state media the Herald reported.
According to the outlet, as this year's celebration took place in Namibia, the Namibian President Hage Geingob handed over the torch for World Children's Day to Zimbabwe's Vice President Kembo Mohadi, who represented the country's leader Emmerson Mnangagwa at the WCD 2023.
In his acceptance speech, Mnangagwa underlined that it was a "great pleasure" to receive the symbol of commitment to protect children's rights, the report said.
"It is my great pleasure to receive this torch, which is a symbol of the renewal of our pledge to continue championing children's rights and to give them hope for a brighter future. I want to assure you that my Government and indeed myself personally will be honoured to host the 2024 Sub-Regional World Children's Day celebrations in Zimbabwe," he was quoted by the media as saying.
The leader highlighted that the countries are urged to increase their efforts towards ensuring all children's rights provided for by the 1959 UN Convention in accordance with WCD 2021 theme "For Every Child, Every Right."
Moreover, he noted that the current generations will be judged by the history if they are not able to succeed in providing the children's rights.
The Sub-regional celebration of the WCD took place in Zambia's Lusaka last year and, in 2021, it was held in Botswana's city of Kasame. These events, including this year's one, aim to help to solve the problems raised by children in the Eastern and Southern Africa.
As for other regions of the continent, countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad and Central African Republic celebrate the Children's Day on December 25. December 23 marks the Children's Day in South Sudan and Sudan. Libya celebrates the day on March 21, Nigeria – on May 27, Tanzania – on June 1.