It is said that we rise by lifting others. Driven by the desire to make a difference in the community, Zetech University joined the world in marking the Day of the African Child this June themed, Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for children in Africa by 2030.
The International Day of African Child (DAC) is marked every year on 16th June, in memory of the 16th June 1976 student uprising in Soweto, South Africa, during which students who marched in protest against the poor quality of education were massacred by the then apartheid regime in place, in South Africa.
Determined to celebrate the African child, the University fraternity partnered with Ruiru Rehabilitation Centre, a Children’s home that provides care and education to children, many of whom have been rescued from the streets. The worthy event brought together kids from various homes within the Kiambu region for a day of learning, fun and festivity.
Commenting on the celebration, the University Executive Director of Corporate Affairs Moses Maina highlighted Zetech’s commitment to enhance lives through education and community empowerment, “As Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Children are our greatest treasure; they are our future.’ We strongly agree with this statement and we believe that through education and empowerment, the African child will be empowered to invent their future.” He said.
The day’s celebration, at the Centre, included an exciting reading session pioneered by NGO firm i-Earn that empowers teachers and young people to work together using the Internet and other new communications technologies to promote education. The children enjoyed real time learning through online videos and were enlightened on the power of education as a tool for advancement.
Lauding the University and other partners for the support, Eric Wanjala Chiuli, Manager at the Rehabilitation Centre explained that such sessions are important for the development of children and inspires them to dream big, “Through the recognition of our African children, we are able to motivate them to focus on doing their best to shine despite the challenges life has thrown at them,” said Eric, adding, “I wish to thank Zetech University for their continued support in the nurturing of our kids and participating in our different empowerment projects.”
The event also saw County Children Officers, Teachers, Partners and Children’s home Directors use the opportunity to deliberate on the policies in the country governing development of children and the areas that require attention to enable those who are unable to fend for themselves to access quality education, healthcare and holistic development.