Africa Dialogues: a new opportunity

You probably know me as Eunice Muba, a Child Reporter from Kinshasa, but I’ve now turned 18 and have become a Young Reporter. Only my age has changed, my aims remain the same: to make appeals on behalf of my peers, defend their rights and make this world a better place for every child.

In 2012, I represented the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the Pan-African forum on Children in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and, two years later, I was part of the Congolese delegation at the Forum of Hope in Bujumbura (Burundi). Today, a new opportunity has presented itself to voice my appeal for all children: this 21 October, I will travel to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) for the Africa Dialogues conference.

Africa Dialogues is a platform which allows children from central and west Africa to make appeals in favour of the rights of the child. The theme of the conference is “The Africa I want”, as you can tell from this, this is my chance to share my desires for the African continent.

Personally, I have chosen to particularly focus on education, which is, to my mind, one of the paths leading to the realisation of a developed Africa. In the DRC, almost 7 million children aged between 5 and 17 are not in education, and 52.7% of girls in this age group do not attend school!

I feel particularly motivated to participate in this conference as I will be able to talk about the Africa I dream of, and to make my appeal before an audience of over 200 children. I have already had the chance to do this, but only in front of Congolese children: here, there will be children from all over Africa.

Africa Dialogues is my chance to make a contribution to the construction of a better Africa for every child. I dream of my Africa, an Africa where every child has an education and where all their rights are respected.

This is the Africa I want!

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Translated from French by Amber Sherman

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Ancienne Enfant Reporter de Kinshasa, Eunice a représenté à plusieurs reprises les enfants de la RDC et de l’Afrique Centrale lors de conférences internationales.

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