Anna Ndiaye, 11, pupil in Dakar, Senegal "I will tell them to stop violence against chidlren"
Dakar, Senegal, 20 November 2009 - As hundreds of elementary school children gathered, preparing for the celebration ceremony at Point E 2 School in Dakar, Senegal, Anna Ndiaye, 11-years-old, walked calmly through the crowd in a flowing yellow tunic with matching pants and a colourful headband wrapped around her short black hair.
Her school was hosting a premier event in Senegal for the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, an event coordinated by Senegal’s Ministry of Education, UNICEF and its partners, and other Senegalese government officials.
Before the festivities began and children climbed the stage to act out skits illustrating their rights and songs sharing their desires for the future, Ndiaye sat down with UNICEF to talk about what the celebration of children’s rights meant to her.
Question: Why are we here today?
Question: Why do we celebrate that Convention?
Question: Is violence against children an urgent problem in Senegal?
Question : Have you learned a lot about the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the past few weeks?
Question : What are you going to do after today’s celebration? Are you going to continue to spread the word about the rights of children?
Question : What is the most interesting part of your day today?
Anna lives in Dakar, and when she grows up, she wants to be a real-estate agent, just like her father.
By Ricci Shryock