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Exploring Africa Day Through the Eyes of Children

Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE), a gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.

Exploring Africa Day Through the Eyes of Children

“25th May is Africa Day!” echoes the children as they practice their lines for an Africa Day event at their school. This year, the excitement is profound. I’ve been observing, and the enthusiasm for this year’s Africa Day is infectious. Maybe it’s always been like this, and I just didn’t notice before—a story for another day.

By Chipo Basopo-Chindungwe

Africa Day is a significant occasion that commemorates the founding of the African Union and celebrates the unity and diversity of Africa. This year’s theme is “Educate an African Fit for the 21st Century: Building Resilient Education Systems for Increased Access to Inclusive, Lifelong Quality and Relevant Learning in Africa.” It’s quite a long theme, open to many interpretations. I decided to explore what Africa Day means to children and how they perceive this special occasion.

When I asked the children what Africa Day means to them, their answers were delightful and heartwarming:

  • “Africa Day means people wear traditional clothes and sing,” said Zayne.
  • “People say Happy Africa Day,” added Tanatswa.
  • “At our school, my teacher said I should wear African attire on Friday because it’s Africa Day,” shared Chiedza.

These responses made me think about the significance of Africa Day to children. Do we explain to them the importance and value of this day? Do they know how and why it was declared Africa Day?

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Schools are buzzing with preparations for Africa Day celebrations. Some events are free, while others might require a small contribution from parents. Children will showcase a variety of performances and wear all types of African attire. Artists will be invited as guests to celebrate this special day. It gives me goosebumps to think that, on this day, children will feel proud to be Africans, proud to be Zimbabweans.

Africa Day will remain forever etched in the hearts of our children. They will always remember this day as they eagerly prepare for the next Africa Day, each year with a different outfit. The world is changing, and so are the ways we celebrate and educate.”

As we celebrate Africa Day, let’s pause for a moment and reflect. Let the spirit of this day go beyond mere celebration. Let’s continue to instil Ubuntu values in our children. Happy Africa Day! Make sure you attend at least one or two Africa Day celebrations near you.

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Made by Kuda (MADE IN ZWE)
A gift to Plot Mhako and the earGROUND vision.
Truly, for the culture.

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