Protect our children

2015-06-02 06:00
Constituency manager Kiyaam de Leeuw, councillor Lisa Mcbride, crèche owner Florence Jacobs and volunteer Elina Settie with children from Four Jays Day Care in Kensington.


Constituency manager Kiyaam de Leeuw, councillor Lisa Mcbride, crèche owner Florence Jacobs and volunteer Elina Settie with children from Four Jays Day Care in Kensington. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Children must be protected.

Child Protection Week is currently on until Sunday. Started in 1997, the Week raises awareness of children’s rights in our country.

This year the Week is celebrated with the national theme “Working together to protect children”.

To do her part councillor Lisa Mcbride visited early childhood development centres in her ward. The children she visited were given chips and pamphlets with information about their rights.

In one of the crèches she visited she was saddened that the children there have to be taught what to do when there is a gang shooting. Mcbride says this is the reality that the children live.

“We must make sure that we all work hard to protect children and to allow them to be kids, not to live in fear. We must all work together to make sure that kids are safe. Protecting children is everybody’s business,” she says.

Florence Jacobs, owner of Four Jays Day Care in Kensington, says they are glad time is taken to advocate the importance of protecting children.

“Children’s safety cannot be over emphasised. It’s terrible for these young kids now because we have to teach them how to flee when gangs start fighting.

“Besides that we also teach them about child abuse and that they should know their rights. They must grow up to be responsible citizens and that can be ensured if we all play our roles in protecting the kids,” says Jacobs.

The provincial government also emphasises the importance of protecting children, even after the Week. Albert Fritz, Western Cape minister for social development, encourages communities to build strong family units and report any abuse or negligence of children to any of the department’s offices or by calling the department’s hotline on 0800 220 250

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