Taking stock of the “African Charter for the Rights and Welfare of the Child” -25yrs now… in this year’s (2015) Day of the African Child….is it worth the effort? Is it just another document gathering dust? Was it just about Pan-Africanism? What is there to show?
With the commemoration of “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter on rights and welfare of the child” in this years (2015) Day of the African Child, the question is if the child born when the Charter was so vigorously defended as necessary to Africanize the child protection and welfare approaches (in complementing the UNCRC) did ever make a better adult African citizen…I guess its a no!
We seem to have a less rooted (in Pan-Africanism), less educated (check educational outcomes such as quality of graduates), less confident (hence more children radicalized into terror groups), more at risk of HIV infection as an adolescent….perhaps able to take on opportunities on ICT (play-stations, facebook, mobile phone savvy…) though not resulting in solutions to poverty…(actually I fear for the impact of these gadgets on brain development….better child survival, more access to primary school (though quality and disparities alarming!)..well a mixed bag of outcomes. Perhaps its time to check again if there is really anything such as Africanism in child protection and child welfare. What are the opportunities in our traditional (if they can survive the socio-economic changes) that would improve chances for survival and development for our children in Africa? Are there more solutions out of the African Charter? Have we made use of it as governments, NGOs?