By Constance Ndeleko
The Pan- African Child Rights Forum (PACRiF) is one of the evens organized by UNICEF-AU office for a popular support and political will to demand and to accelerate the full implementation of the child rights instrument and AU decisions for every child on the continent.
The first #PACRiF2020 was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on the 16th of January 2020 and in attendance were member states, experts and organizations who reviewed situations of children in Africa 30 years after the adoption of of the UN and African legal instruments on the rights of children.
Among the presentations made was on:
Globalization, Technologies on the Rights of Children
Globalization is the growing interdependence of the world’s economies, cultures, and populations, brought about by cross-border trade in goods and services, technology, and flows of investment, people, and information.
Globalization has enabled Knowledge transfer, spread of technology and fostered international competition; technology breakthrough, inter-dependency of economic cultures and international cooperation.
Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.
The fourth industrial revolution has brought an impact whereby approximately 65% of children joining primary school will do work that does not exist (world Economic Forum)
There’s a clear need for the education system to adapt new emerging technologies; science, technology, mathematics and engineering to meet the evolving job market.
Supporting internet connectivity in schools is paramount as schools are fundamental to improving quality of education and developing digital skills.
Through emerging technologies we can approach issues such as; climate change and global health to facilitate informed decision making.
Children are most definitely affected by Globalization and their childhood is vulnerable to exposure that might be of positive or negative impact in their lives.
Globalization is affecting children in many areas of the world and images of child exploitation have become powerful media representations. But, children have rarely been part of the discussion of globalization.
Thus, in efforts to bring consideration into this issue we need to put more input to this agenda and create awareness of necessary outcomes that might come with it to ensure we secure and protect our children .
We need Africa that is fit for children and we’ve to start acting now by re-doubling our efforts and recommitting to our agenda towards protecting children’s right.