Celebrating a Different Kind of Freedom in Sierra Leone

07/03/14

How do you celebrate your freedom?

As Americans everywhere are celebrating our country's independence this weekend, children in the African countries we serve are celebrating a different kind of freedom. 

 
Of course, each of their countries celebrates independence. But as African children, they celebrate a freedom you and I might easily take for granted—the freedom to be educated.
 
     Most of the children we serve in Sierra Leone and Uganda would not be in school if it weren't for your support. 
 
The Day of the African Child, celebrated across Africa on June 16th every year, commemorates students in South Africa who died protesting for their right to be educated. 
 
On June 16, 1976, thousands of African school children took to the streets, demanding a higher quality of education, and advocating for their right to be taught in their native language. In the next two weeks of protest, more than 100 people were killed, and thousands were injured. 
 
Today, the holiday is a reminder that education is a human right, but one that children often have to fight for and don't always get. For children attending our schools, it's a chance to celebrate the freedom they have to come to class every day—a freedom many of them didn't have before people like you sponsored them
 
 
In Sierra Leone, this means all our school children dress up in their traditional clothing and invite their friends to school for lunch, games, and entertainment. This year, our older students staged a debate about the benefits of science.  
 
And of course, the youngest children looked adorable in their fancy clothes! 
 
 
 
 
Give a child the freedom to attend school! Sponsor a child today.