By Modupe Toba

The day of the African child is commemorated every 16th of June.

It is a commemoration of the Soweto uprising in 1976 when students protested against education injustice and inequality in the apartheid regime.

Corroborating the theme for this year’s Day of the African child, “education for all children in Africa,” “the time is now”, a child protection advocate and councellor, Mrs Oluwatoyin Daniel, who explained that every child need basic education  to be able to read and write, lamented that Nigeria is leading other countries with the highest number of out of school children in Africa 

While listing some of the factors responsible for children dropping out of school to include Poverty, economic inflation, Family problem and Ignorance, Mrs Daniel said collaborative effort was required by stakeholders in the education sector to ensure that every child has access to quality education.

To an educationist, Mr Abiola Aderinto, education remains the best legacy that can be given to children.

Mr Aderinto who explained that the education of children begins from home, called on parents and caregivers to ensure proper education and upbringing of children and wards to secure their future as well as to make the society better.

Some children who spoke with Radio on the day of the African child lauded their parents for their efforts  calling on government to enforce a law that will guarantee that every child has access to quality education.

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