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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Eunice a 16 ans et elle est Enfant Reporter de Kinshasa. Elle a représenté les enfants d’Afrique Centrale devant les leaders Africains au Sommet de l’Union Africaine à Addis Abeba en 2012. Dans son discours, elle a rappelé les droits de l’enfant à la survie, la liberté d’expression, l’éducation, la santé et a appelé à l’élaboration d’une stratégie pour prévenir les conflits armés qui affectent les enfants. Pourquoi enfant reporter? “Parce que je veux faire de mon pays un meilleur endroit où les enfants pourront vivre”.

Eunice is 16 years old and she is a Young Reporter in Kinshasa. She represented Central Africa’s children at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa in 2012. In her speech to African leaders, she recalled children’s rights to survival, freedom of expression, education, health and called for a strategy to prevent armed conflicts which affect the child. Why youth reporter? “Because I want to make my country a better place for children to live.”

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