The United Nations have declared this year the International Year of the Child (IYC). Twenty?
GV EXTERIOR Kenyatta conference Centre in Nairobi with children lined up outside
CU school children wearing 'Year of the Child' T-shirts
CU placard "Children can unify a torn-apart world"
TV tribal dancers & CU INTERIOR delegates applaud (THREE SHOTS)
SV & CU children sing and UNICEF delegates applaud (TWO SHOTS)
CU Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi addressing Symposium in English
MOI: "While some countries have made great efforts to implement the principles of the charter, others have not done so well for a variety of reasons. It was therefore very fitting that, in December 1976, the world community once again demonstrated its concern for children by declaring 1979 the International Year of the Child. In passing that resolution, my government and those of other member states, noted that, in spite of all efforts, far too many children, especially in developing countries, are still under-nourished, are without access to adequate health services, are missing the basic educational preparation for their future, and are deprived of the elementary amenities of life. This symposium, therefore, constitutes a good opportunity for us in Eastern Africa to renew our commitments to the eradication of adverse conditions affecting our children. I hope that, through this symposium, it will be possible for you to urge the governments concerned to renew their concern for children by allocating local and national programmes, and by reaffirming their determination to increase services for the benefit of children. Indeed, the theme of this symposium: 'Basic services: Objectives, strategies and programmes for children with people's participation', is of great relevance and importance to all the governments represented at this symposium."
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Background: The United Nations have declared this year the International Year of the Child (IYC). Twenty years after the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the United Nations insist that there remains a large number of children who lack even the rudimentary necessities of life. In Kenya, the 1979 national programme is the International Child Symposium.
SYNOPSIS: The symposium opened at the Kenyatta Conference in Nairobi on Monday (19 March). It was scheduled to discuss ways to step up local and national programmes for the benefit of children.
The symposium opened with folk dances as a prelude to the discussions. One of the pressing problems in Africa is education. In Kenya, for instance, only half the population is literate. And education is one of the principles of the Rights of the Child Charter, about which the Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi spoke in his opening speech.