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Eritrea commemorates International Children’s Day

8 December, 2014

December 6, Asmara- Children from many of
Asmara’s kindergarten, primary and secondary
schools marched through the streets of Asmara
to celebrate International Children’s Day, which
is commemorated on 8 December in Eritrea.
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students marched to Cinema Roma where a
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This year’s commemoration was especially
significant as it marked the 25th anniversary of
the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of
the Child (CRC) by the UN General Assembly.
The CRC is an international treaty that
recognizes the human rights of children, defined
as persons up to the age of 18 years. The
Government of Eritrea ratified the CRC in 1994.
“The CRC is the first international instrument
signed and ratified by the Government of the
State of Eritrea,” noted H.E. Kahsai Gebrehiwet,
the Minister of Labour and Human Welfare.
“The Government reaffirms its commitment to
make all investments…so that children will be
able to enjoy their childhoods properly,” he
said.

Pre-school children participate in the march on Children’s Day.
©UNICEF/Eritrea/2014/Tadese.

Dr. Suleiman Braimoh, Representative, UNICEFEritrea also addressed the audience appreciating the
work of the people and Government of Eritrea in
reducing infant mortality, increasing access to water
and sanitation, improving access to schools and
scaling up protection mechanisms for all children.
“Let us recommit ourselves today, see where we can
do better, develop or strengthen partnerships,
overcome barriers holding us back and channel our
energies to reduce the inequities that endanger
children today and threaten their hopes for the
future,” Dr. Braimoh said. “Let us embrace new
ideas and look for new ways to make child rights a
reality for all children in Eritrea.”
During the ceremony, children performed songs,
dramatic skits and poems all related to the theme of
child rights.

DIFFERENT COLOURS AOF TH

Elementary school students march through street in Asmara with signs
proclaiming their rights. ©UNICEF/Eritrea/2014/Tadese.

UNICEF partners with the Government of the State
of Eritrea in the programme areas of Health and
Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH),
Basic Education and Child Protection.

Pictorial

There were songs and dramatic performances to commemorate the day.
UNICEF/Eritrea/2014/Worth
Children from pre-schools perform traditional dances at the commemoration of International Children’s Day in Eritrea. ©UNICEF/Eritrea/2014/Tadese

Dr. Suleiman Braimoh, Representative, UNICEF Eritrea addresses the
audience. ©UNICEF/Eritrea/2014/Tadese

A clown and puppet entertain the children and share a performance on child
rights at the International Children’s Day celebration.
©UNICEF/Eritrea/2014/Tadese

For further information please contact:
Ms. Charlene Thompson
Communication Specialist
cthompson@unicef.org