Care workers to present research papers on child-friendly city

2015-06-26 10:34

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PIETERMARITZBURG child and youth care workers will be presenting their research papers at the National Association of Child Care Workers’ (NACCW) 20th Biennial Conference in Cape Town next week.

Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute’s (Midi) Zane Mchunu and Irene Dugmore are among the line-up of some of the best local and international practitioners in the child and youth care sector.

They will present their papers, Safe Passages Project and Creating a Child Friendly City, at the conference from June 30 to July 2.

“The project is about giving a real voice to the children of the Msunduzi Municipality by listening and taking action together with them. The children’s own vision will drive the project as they envisage a Children’s City, one that is safe for children, that provides a healthy, attractive and sustainable environment to study, live, work and play in …” said Mchunu, the youth director.

Mchunu said Midi has convened many consultative forums with stakeholders over the past two years.

“We have also trained a group of children from selected schools in the principles and practices of participation. These children are confident to speak out about their rights as change ambassadors for the city. We have taken adults on a bus tour of the city and addressed a full Msunduzi council meeting on city by-laws.”

The research was to assess children’s views on their own experiences and understanding of a “child-friendly city”.

The study was conducted in over 90 primary, high and special needs schools within the Msunduzi Municipality. Two different structured surveys, designed by Unicef, were used.

“Attending this conference will ensure a greater impact in the city by strengthening partnerships to realise the vision of Midi to create the city we deserve,” said Mchunu.

If you would like to hear feedback from this conference, please book your seat for the Midi Stakeholder Forum on Tuesday, July 21, at 2 pm. Phone the Midi office at 033 342 8266 or e-mail irene@midi.org.za

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