Photo of the Week: Day of the African Child

©UNICEF/ETHA_2014_00079/Ose

©UNICEF/ETHA_2014_00079/Ose


Every year, the Day of the African Child is celebrated annually on 16 June and commemorates the thousands of courageous children in Soweto, South Africa who marched in 1976 to protest apartheid and to demand equal education.

The children’s legacy – hundreds of whom were wounded or killed – continues to build a better future for African children. In this photograph taken by Jiro Ose in Ethiopia in 2014, the Government’s Alternative Basic Education programme is helping nomadic, pastoral children in the remote Afar Region attend and stay in school.

Christine Nesbitt is UNICEF’s Senior Photography Editor

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