Children are the future, but what happens when 1 out of 5 children under 5 in our nation die as a result of climate change, hunger, pollution, unclean water, environment, and no welfare rights?
We join to celebrate our children on this Day of the African child 2022. While we cheer on our children, we also weigh in on the progress and advancement made to improve their lives and examine the setbacks that are still faced today.
This June 16 annual event honors the memories of students who were massacred in Soweto, South Africa, in 1976 for protesting against education injustice and inequality in the apartheid regime. It was then designated as Day of the African Child in 1991 by the African Union and every year events are organized to promote children’s rights.
This year's day of the African child 2022 theme is; Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress on Policy & Practice since 2013. As such, the Torchmark group would be looking at the progress so far on the energy and sustainable development goals for the Day of the African child. And raise our voice on the best ways to enhance a healthy childhood with sustainable development goals.
Progress On Energy And Sustainable Development Goals For Children
Torchmark group acknowledges The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) Agenda 2040 Aspiration targeting sustainable development for children which includes:
4: Every child survives and has a healthy childhood
5: Every child grows up well-nourished and with access to the necessities of life
9: Every child is free from the impact of armed conflicts and other disasters or emergencies.
Recognizing these aspirations, it is important to note that from 2013 to date some progress has been made to achieve these agendas and we have highlighted some of the progress below
campaigns, declarations, and rallying efforts around particular themes have had a marked effect on the protection of children’s rights and well-being.
Presently, 26 countries including Nigeria have access to clean drinking water while 9 others are on track to meeting the goal of accessing clean drinking water.
To improve the environment, health, and sanitation, more countries have undertaken conscious efforts toward providing a healthy environment for our children thereby decreasing the child mortality rate.
Nigeria's President made a new policy on the desire for a renewable energy compliant economy, the Climate Change Act, 2021 was signed into law, and was passed by the National Assembly in October 2021. Nigeria has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 at the United Nations Climate Change.
With over 50 partners, Torchmark Group has provided adequate power supplies for schools, families, and government buildings, in Nigeria, and has built more sustainable infrastructures with our clean Energy Technology solutions.
In achieving our mission and vision to build a more clean and sustainable Africa using our energy technology solutions, we have reduced the use of gas, and fuels, in homes and industries thereby decreasing the impact of air pollution caused by fuel fossils. Unfortunately, the burning of solid fuels contributes to over half a million deaths of children under 5. However, we will not relent in our journey to achieve our sustainable development goals
Next Steps Towards Sustainable Development Goals For Day Of The African Child.
While good progress has been made, there's still a lot to achieve, as some of this progress has been slow, uneven, and stagnant.
Every day there's an outrageous downfall in power supply in Nigeria. There is no power in homes to make living comfortable, there is no electricity to power our health care facilities, and there is no electricity in schools for digital-driven education, there is unclean water and a lack of sanitary supply in schools, and Children are being exposed to carbon and pollution due to fuel fossils.
The following next steps are to be taken to achieve sustainable development goals and eliminate harmful practices affecting children.
Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy Children rely on sustainable energy for their survival, development, and well-being. In homes, for example, children need reliable access to modern lighting for their daily chores and to do homework after dark. And they need heating and cooling to stay comfortable. Health centers and schools require energy for lighting, operating medical devices and life-saving procedures, cooking, heating, cooling, and digital connectivity.
Technology: Technology that is locally accessible and adaptable, eco-friendly, resource-efficient, and culturally suitable.
Awareness: Just like we are using this content to create awareness about the Day of the African Child and the progress so far on the policies rendered. It is important to raise awareness on how children's livelihood can be better with sustainable development practices. With the right tools and information, children and young people can play a critical role in the implementation and monitoring of sustainable practices.
It is our earnest desire that more progress would be recorded in the future, and at the next 'Day of the African Child' event, there would be more achievements than setbacks.
Torchmark Group will continue to support sustainable energy, by working with our partners to provide solar lighting for schools, solar pumps in communities vulnerable to droughts and floods, and other off-grid energy solutions that improve children’s learning and health with our Energy Technology solutions.
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