Celebrating International Day of the African Child
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In June 2012, CBM partners celebrated 'The International Day of the African Child' in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hospitalised children with disabilities enjoyed the day, and in their speeches, Bishop Télésphore Mulondi and Ms. Prosperine Masika focused on the rights and protection of children.
22nd annual commemoration
Inclusive celebration in Butembo
During his speech Bishop Télésphore Mulondi - Parish Priest of the University - emphasised protection of children's rights, duties of parents towards children, the duties of the nation and the duties of children toward parents, teachers and the entire nation.
The children participating included 100 ex-child soldiers, 50 children with physical disabilities and two visually impaired children supervised by the CBR program.
Ms. Prosperine Masika - director of the CBR programme - also spoke of specific rights for children living with disabilities, focusing on their protection and inclusion into school.
Finally, a common meal was shared in the honour of African children and children around the world, followed by different games.
We thank CBM International, a partner of the Diocese of Butembo-Beni, the Catholic University of Graben through its various centres working for child protection, and the urban authorities for their contribution to the achievement of this happy event.