It can be argued that the definition of a child as a human being below the age of 18 years is a
western construct due to the fact that in Africa the duration of childhood is much shorter than
that of the West. Thus, in some African societies childhood ends at the age of 14 or 16
depending on the cultural implications in that society. It must be pointed out here that there
is no universal definition of childhood due to the fact that the definition of a child is culture
specific. Having laid down the differences in the definition of childhood between Africa and
the West, it is necessary to discuss the concept of children’s rights.
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law University of Pretoria, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Law (LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa). Prepared under the supervision of Angelo Mutusse of the Centre of Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique. 2010.
Thesis (LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa)) -- University of Pretoria, 2010.