Human Rights Month to highlight children’s rights

2017-02-15 06:02

HEAVYWEIGHTS in the championing of children’s rights will converge at the Port Elizabeth District Office of Education in Sutton Road, Sidwell during the Handover Ceremony of school uniforms to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) next month.

The event, which will be hosted by the Tengo Dialogue Foundation (TDF) 4 Devlopment on Thursday March 23, is aimed at highlighting and celebrating children’s rights during Human Rights Month,” said TDF founder and head, Reverend Doctor Xolani Tengo.

The Eastern Cape MEC for Social Development, Nancy Sihlwayi, will deliver a keynote address while Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor Athol Trollip will give a message of support.

“Among other heavyweights, we’ve invited the director of the Khula Community Development Project, Petros Majola, to speak,” said Rev Tengo.

The Khula Community Development Project advocates for children’s rights in the province.

Among some of its successes, the Khula Development Project promotes teaching and learning in schools as well as instilling the culture of respect.

Other speakers include the PE District Director of the Education Department, Joy Grobler, as well as Khulile Nzo and school principal Mazotsho Dukwe, on behalf of the business sector and the PE District Forum, respectively.

According to Tengo, children from 19 primary schools around the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality will receive the special gifts of school uniforms that his foundation, assisted by businesses, has been collecting since November last year.

He said the beneficiaries are a mixture of pupils from farm schools to disabled, orphaned and vulnerable children.

“We want to give children their dignity. They have a right to (school) clothing, a right to learn and a right to dignity,” said Tengo.

He added that they also wanted to warn parents who abdicated their responsibility and failed to buy children school uniforms, send them to school and give them food security that his foundation would, with the help of lawyers, take them to court.

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