‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja


Daily Courier – A Non Governmental Organization on the occasion of international Children’s day has called on the 11 states yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act to do so, as this will go a long way in protecting the Nigerian child.

Golden Little Lights made the rally call at its third year anniversary and Children’s day program created to make children’s day a day worthy of celebration irrespective of class distinction.

This year’s event held at United African Church Central (UACC) primary school (The pioneer primary school in Isheri Oke area) Lagos state, had in attendance over 500 children. It was a day filled with lots of organized programs including education on child’s rights, cultural and fun activities and at the end of the day, every child received party packs filled with school supplies.

Sharon Ashinze, the co-founder of Golden Little Lights reiterated that children’s day is the perfect time to remind everyone why we care about children, and what it means to put them first. It is a day to let the future generation have their say.

“This day was intentionally set out to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide.

“According to Ban Ki-Moon, Children’s Day is not just a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have experienced violence in forms of abuse, exploitation, and discrimination. This is the main aim of the Golden Little Lights Children’s day program” she said.


She called on the government to increase its funding to the primary and secondary educational sector. “We call on the government to make available quality and free education to every child in the country and lastly, we call on the 11 states yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act to do so, as this will go a long way in protecting the Nigerian child.

According to Ashinze, “Children’s Day is a day to celebrate every child, appreciate them, and make them feel loved. Parents take part in this event very enthusiastically to make their children happy but unfortunately, not every child has the opportunity to feel special especially on a day as special as Children’s Day because they are underprivileged with a lot of them as orphans, street children, displaced and disabled.

“In light of this, Golden Little Lights birthed the Children’s Day program which is a day to celebrate and educate underprivileged kids who include destitute children, disabled children, orphans and children of extremely poor parents on their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on their special day, Children’s Day” she added.