Topic: June 16 is the International Day of the African Child. In 1991 the Organization of African Unity (OAU)—today’s African Union (AU)—established June 16 as the Day of the African Child. On that date in 1976, students in Soweto, South Africa rose up against inferior apartheid education, thus the AU (formerly the OAU) set aside this day to honor them. The International Day of the African Child's mission is also to raise awareness to the improvement of education for African children. To commemorate this day, Africa Now today will focus on the 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria on the night of April 14-15 in Chibok, in Borno State, Nigeria.
Guests: Ms. Chioma Dike, Human Rights Advocate and Africa's Daughters Foundation Executive Director; Ms. Nicole Lee, immediate past President of TransAfrica and Human Rights Lawyer; and Dr. Aniedi Okure, Executive Director, Africa Faith and Justice Network and is a member of the Order of Preachers.
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