Child Protection march at Patensie

2015-06-11 06:00
Kouga 
Executive Mayor (centre) at the Child Protection Week commemoration in Patensie. With her are Francina Claassen from Love Life, Banele Phakamisa (11) from Masisebenze Primary, Hazel Goeda (14) from Patensie Primary and Elario Felix from Socia

Kouga Executive Mayor (centre) at the Child Protection Week commemoration in Patensie. With her are Francina Claassen from Love Life, Banele Phakamisa (11) from Masisebenze Primary, Hazel Goeda (14) from Patensie Primary and Elario Felix from Socia

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STAKEHOLDERS of Kouga gathered at the Patensie Sports Fields in Ramaphosa Village on Tuesday to commemorate Child Protection Week.

Patensie and Masisebenze Primary Schools learners were the honoured guests and formed the largest part of attendance as speakers motivated those present and delivered educational messages on the subject.

The programme was led by the Department of Social Development, in conjunction with Kouga Municipality, the South African Police Services, Love Life and Childline. Each of the stakeholders had a message for the day.

Speaking at the event, Kouga Executive Mayor Daphne Kettledas said community leaders, in all sectors, had a respinsibility towards protection of children and it was time to go back to old adage “it takes a village to raise a child”.

“We cannot simply live it up to their biological parents to see to it that children receive the necessary protection against neglect, physical and sexual abuse.”

“The future of these children will define the future of our society and therefore we all have a responsibility to declare that abuse of children will not happen under our watch,” said Kettledas.

The National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awarenes of the rights of children as articulated in the Children’s Act of 2005.

The theme for this year’s commemoration was Working Together to Protect Children and the nationa launch was held in Kokstad on May 31.

To find out more about Child Protection Week one can visit www.gov.za/child-protection-week-2015.

To get help contact Childline South Africa at 0800 055 555, Child Welfare at 042 295 2880/ 042 291 0697 or send an email to info@childwelfare.org.za

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