Later in the day, the Sarafina TV show would Broadcast nationally to give a visual interpretation of the story. The show also explains the story in more detail. During the show children are giving the opportunity to share their future ambitions and the reasons for having them. Other activities include plays games whist reinforcing the importance of remembering the day of the African child.
Sierra Leone has come a long way with the regards to education. The free quality education provided by the Government of Sierra Leone has made education more accessible. So, there’s a lot to celebrate.
At 18, I was most concerned with getting the latest Iphone. Memory Banda on the other hand, successfully influenced the Malawi parliament to raise the legal marriage from 15 to 18. After watching her sister get pregnant at 11, Memory vowed to defy the traditional practice of kusasafumbi, a practice in which young girls are forced into marriage once they begin menstruation.
Now an avid girl’s rights activist, Memory shows a glimpse of her strength and resilience in this passionate speech about girls right to choose at the TEDWomen 2015 conference.
Education is the first step empowerment. Instead of the usual of celebrations and organised fun days I’d rather see governments invest in better infrastructure, build more schools come, train more teachers, and create more opportunities through scholarships. Unlike violence towards children and other harmful practices, education is one right that we can all agree the children deserve and must have. We can and must do more. The SDG’s must be met by 2030.