The Day of the African Child was yesterday celebrated in Bentol, Montserrado County, where the City Mayor, Mrs. Christine Tolbert Norman, organized the celebration to the tastes of the locals.The ceremony was to create awareness in her constituency of the significance of the 2016 theme, “Conflict and Crisis in Africa – Protecting All Children’s Rights”- which highlights the experiences of the children of this continent over the past 40 years.The keynote speaker, Captain Felix Walz, was a former UNPOL/UNMIL Advisor from Switzerland. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Felix Walz Bowier Trust Foundation in Switzerland, featured local artists (J-GLO, The ACE and Takun-J) who performed their latest release produced for the occasion. About 400 children from the Isaac A. David Memorial School and surrounding communities of Bentol City were in attendance.Mayor Tolbert-Norman said in a release that “no development can take place in the midst of conflict or crisis. Children are kept out of school, and grow up as functional illiterates. The idle mind also becomes the devil’s workshop. They need an enabling environment, free of fear and want to realize their potentials, and grow into productive citizens and leaders. Who will fix the “mess” if everyone flees the country?” Her organization, Restoration of Educational Advancement Program (REAP), is one of the post-conflict NGOs addressing this paradigm.The Day is celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when the Day of the African Child was first initiated by the then Organization of African Unity, now African Union. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.On June 16, 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, thousands of black school children marched in protest against the poor quality of their education, demanding their right to be taught in their own language. Hundreds of young students were shot, and more than a hundred people were killed and more than a thousand injured in the protests during the following weeks.For that, governments, NGOs, international organizations and other stakeholders gather together every year on June 16 to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the full realization of the rights of children in Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“Not all of their properties have suites in them. It’s an added amenity for the new state-of-the-art buildings,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 02/12: New Howard Johnson PICO RIVERA – Joined by the developer, city officials Monday toured the construction site of a $3.5 million, 50-room hotel that officials consider a key part of redevelopment plans for Whittier Boulevard. Opening day for the new Howard Johnson Inn and Suites is about three months away. It will offer rooms with high-speed Internet access, a community meeting room, a swimming pool and spa, and other amenities, officials said. The project at 9515 Whittier Blvd. also will create local jobs and funnel an extra $25,000 a year in bed taxes into Pico Rivera’s coffers, city Finance Director Bob Ridley said. The hotel replaced a dilapidated mobile home park that had been an eyesore for years. Three years ago, state housing inspectors visited the former Walnut Lodge Mobile Home Park and found numerous code violations, including illegal additions to units and plumbing and electrical violations. Acting City Manager Debbie Lopez said the hotel is among the first of a series of revitalization efforts planned for north Pico Rivera, including beautification projects, street improvements and new landscaping along Whittier Boulevard. She said the bulk of the city’s redevelopment has thus far focused on Washington Boulevard and the south side of Whittier Boulevard. “This is a significant step forward in our vision of the redevelopment of Whittier Boulevard,” Mayor Pete Ramirez said. “This is a rebirth of the Whittier Boulevard corridor as the city’s downtown.” Developer Sharad Patel said the project will include a dozen executive suites that are unique to Howard Johnson hotels.