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On World Children’s Day, African Youth Share their Vision of the Africa They Want

Ten young people from eight African countries took to the stage in Accra on 20th November – which is World Children’s Day to tell the world about the Africa they want to live in, through a series of short, powerful talks.

Three of the ten girls and boys aged 12 to 19 year old are from Ghana, while the other seven are from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. Each delivered inspirational talks at the Africa Dialogues event on issues affecting children and youth on the continent, sharing their vision of what they want Africa’s future to be.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Adansi-Bonnah from Ghana said: “The problems facing Africa affect children first, so they feel the impact of the problems more than the adults.  Giving children a platform to speak on issues bothering them can help to reduce their sufferings. I expect that this event is going to boost up children’s level of motivation and aspirations.”


The event was a collaboration between the People Initiative Foundation and UNICEF to mark World Children’s Day, the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On that day, series of global events saw children and youth around the world ‘take over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfill their potential.

 

In Accra, the youth addressed some of the critical issues facing Africa now and in the future:

  • Victoria Kweinorki Quaynor, 19, from Ghana, talked about neglected children
  • Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 17, from Ghana, talked about hunger and malnutrition
  • Natasha Adu, 12, from Ghana, talked about sanitation
  • Hamado Moussa Diallo, 18, from Burkina Faso, talked about the importance of education
  • Élie Yedou, 18, from Côte d’Ivoire, talked about a peaceful and hunger-free Africa
  • Fatoumatta A. Camara, 18, from The Gambia, talked about female genital mutilation
  • Hadja Idrissa Bah, 18, from Guinea, talked about child marriage
  • Fatima Aliyu Gebi, 17, from Nigeria, talked about the plight and plea of the northern girl child
  • Rebecca Evelyn Deborah Sankoh, 18, from Sierra Leone, talked about education and development
  • Abra Rosaline Tsekpuia, 19, from Togo, talked about food security

 

 
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