Children from at least six west and central African countries recently took to the the stage of the Africa Dialogues conference inOuagadougou, Burkina Faso to tell the world about the future they envisioned on their continent.
The conference was held ahead of the World Children’s Day commemoration, which falls on November 20 every year.
The World Children’s Day was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, and it was aimed at pushing governments to pay more attention to the welfare of their young citizens.
At this year’s Africa Dialogues conference, organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef and others in Burkina Faso, young speakers between the ages of 14 -18 years captivated their peers with speeches on different issues that affected the continent.
The young African citizens, who came fromBenin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and Nigerexpressed their “hopes, dreams and fears” for the continent.
Their focus was mainly on education, climate change, migration, living with disabilities, HIV and more.