On 16th June 1976, over ten thousand black school children in Soweto, South Africa marched to protest the poor quality of their education and demanded their right to be taught in their own language. Per reports, hundreds of young students were shot by the police and more than a hundred people were killed in the protests of the following two weeks, with more than a thousand were injured.
Since 1991, this day has been celebrated by nations in the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union as The Day of the African Child. It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day and also raises awareness of the continuing need for improvement of the education provided to African children.
As part of its corporate social responsibility, UBA Bank has donated books to Aburi Girls and Methodist Girls SHS in the Eastern Region to mark the International Day of the African Child.
UBA Bank is an international bank with branches across the world, connecting Africa to the rest of the world. Chaired by Tony Elemelu, the bank has embarked on numerous projects across the continent to contribute to the growth of Africa.
While giving the student the books, they encouraged them to take part in the annual National Essay Competition which gives scholarship worth $10,000 to three winners to attend any university in Africa.