9 quotes on children on the Day of the African Child

The Day of the African child was set aside by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU, now AU) to not only honour the participants of the Soweto Uprising in 1976 but also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.

The theme this year is ‘leave no child behind for Africa’s development.”

Here are some of the quotes on children:

  1. Nelson Mandela

One of the way we can build a better future for our children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves. Of course, we as adults have to guide them and to take the ultimate responsibility but that is something quite different from patronising them. The rights of children must, importantly, include the right to be themselves and to talk for themselves.


2. Malala Yousafzai

To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy.


3. Barack Obama

It’s not a nice-to-have – it’s a must-have. It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.

4. Mario Balotelli

They say that abandonment is a wound that never heals. I say only that an abandoned child never forgets.

5. Ishmael Beah

I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13, in my country Sierra Leone, a war that claimed the lives of my mother, father and two brothers. I know too well the emotional, psychological and physical burden that comes with being exposed to violence as a child or at any age for that matter.

6. Graca Machel

The impact of armed conflict on children is everyone’s responsibility. And it must be everyone’s concern.

7. Wangari Maathai

We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to conserve the environment so that we can bequeath our children a sustainable world that benefits all.

8. Uganda Proverb

The one who beats children should not be entrusted with children.

9. Kofi Annan

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.

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