The Initiative for Research, Innovation and Advocacy in Development (IRIAD) commemorates the Day of the African Child by celebrating all African children. Our efforts to promote the rights of children and ensure that Agenda 2040 is met include the following:
- Advocating for the Child Rights Act to be passed in all the states of Nigeria, in line with Aspiration of the Agenda to put an effective child-friendly national legislative, policy and institutional framework in place.
- Organizing free trainings for young people, in line with Aspiration of the Agenda to ensure that every child benefits fully from quality education.
- Going on sensitization campaigns in marginalized communities to educate them on the causes and consequences of gender-based violence, in line with Aspiration 7 of the Agenda to ensure that every child is protected against violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse.
- Collating the voices and opinions of young people on constitutional review, as well as educating them on how to get involved in the legislative process, in line with Aspiration 10 of the Agenda to ensure that African children’s views matter.
The Day of the African Child was first initiated by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) now known as African Union (AU) and has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991. The Day of the African Child is held in honour of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa and is also a call for action to governments across the continent in fulfillment of their commitment to address the numerous challenges bedeviling children across the continent.