The celebration of the 26th anniversary of the African child day was launched on the 14th of June 2016 under the theme “Conflicts And Crises In Africa: Lets Protect The Rights Of Every Child” at the CBC Nkwen conference hall with a round table conference and radio talks as activities of the day. The match pass was followed on the 15th June 2016 at the Bamenda commercial avenue beginning from 8:am to 9:am.
The 16th June was the celebration day proper. The occasion commenced at 9:30am at The Garden for Education and Healing orphanage, (GEH) up station Bamenda. After the arrival of the children together with their coordinators, social workers, the administrators and the representative of the Governor of the North West Region, the National anthem was sung.
The occasion was graced with the presence of many children from various organizations. There was a welcome song from the host children followed by a word of welcome from the GEH administration, a Fulani dance, a word from the Lord Mayor of the Bamenda 1 council, the regional delegate of social affairs, which was followed by a traditional dance presentation called ‘Njang’ from the children of Treasure center, a presentation on football, rhymes and the rights of the child by the Mankon Happy Children and a debate where in two FORCE-CAM children (Kimbi Laura and Ndzi Gracious) participate.
The representative of the Governor addressed the children in particular and the public in general, calling on everyone to protect the rights of every child in order to make a better tomorrow. This speech marked the end of the ceremony. There was reception and departure.