Call to ensure social protection for African children

Call to ensure social protection for African children

New Delhi, February 16 (UNI) On the eve of the European Union-African Union summit, 86 Nobel laureates and leaders, including Kailash Satyarthi, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, called on world leaders to ensure the social protection of the Children of Africa. The declaration was finalized following a roundtable chaired by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, with a cross section of leaders from across Africa. “Our children in Africa need us. With more than half of the world’s child labor in Africa, we call on every world leader to stand up and act for the rights, dreams and future of our children,” said Kailash Satyarthi, laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize and founder of Laureates and Leaders. for kids. “There is more than enough wealth for every child to go to school instead of having to work to survive. The question is how we choose to share this wealth and with whom. I urge governments to pay attention and act and we must start with Africa. Leymah Gbowee said, “Africa’s transformation can happen. It is up to us to make our ancestors proud by transforming Pan-Africanism into an inclusive and people-centered reality. Young people are the future of the continent. We cannot waste their contribution by losing them to exploitation. In June 2021, the ILO and UNICEF announced the first shocking increase in the number of working children worldwide in two decades, in the first four years of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2016-2019) . Even before the onset of the pandemic, the number of child laborers worldwide reached a staggering 160 million children, of which more than half (i.e. 86 million) are in Africa sub-Saharan. This is the consequence of racial and systemic discrimination against Africa. UNIJA

Joel C. Hicks