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About ACS ‘24

The inaugural Africa Children’s Summit (ACS) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 10-12, 2023. More than 300 children from across the continent convened for this child-led conference to facilitate dialogue between policymakers and children. The children shared and discussed challenges compromising child well-being in Africa. These challenges included climate change, environmental neglect, limited opportunities for child participation, violence against children, inadequate education, hunger, inadequate access to health services, online safety risks, and unfriendly justice systems.

South Africa was selected as the location for the next Summit, with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as the lead Civil Society Organisation. NMCF is committed to ensuring that the ACS 2024 takes place in August 2024 in South Africa and that children lead in all aspects of planning for, executing, and following up on progress after the conference. To this end, the proposal below illustrates the urgency of the requisite sign-offs, considering the intention to host a regional Summit over the envisioned period from the 9th to the 12th of August 2024.

OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the Summit is to bring children from across the continent together to discuss among themselves on children matters in Africa;

  • To  dialogue on what needs to be done to make the Africa Children want;
  • Generate and share evidence – based child rights concerns and challenges in Africa.
  • Propose key policy recommendations on how Africa can address child protection challenges.
  • Documentation and packaging of key issues, advocacy asks and recommendations into  an outcome statement
  • To recognize State parties, organizations and individuals contributing to the wellbeing of children in Africa; and
  • To come up with a children’s action plan on making the Africa they want.
OUTCOMES
  • A Communique/Outcome statement with policy recommendations and advocacy asks to be shared with governments, CSOs and regional bodies, key one being the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
  • Increased involvement of children in the architecture and design of programme and policy interventions on Children issues.
  • A report on the child rights concerns and challenges in Africa
  • An action plan on children’s involvement of children in Africa.

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