Building a better city for our kids

2014-10-07 00:00

THE much-anticipated child summit to establish Pietermaritzburg as a child-friendly city takes place on Thursday, October 9 at the City Hall.

The full programme will include the voices of children. In a poster for the event, one child wrote, “I can’t survive in a city made up of 50 taverns”.

A large group of children have been preparing for months for this event by carefully looking at their surroundings and understanding how local government works.

There will also be international guests from the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and Save the Children.

The summit, organised by the Msunduzi Innovation and Development Institute (Midi), is aimed at PMB becoming the first Unicef-approved child-friendly city in South Africa. Midi’s Irene Dugmore who is co-ordinating the project said it was first conceptualised in 2007 when a group of experts from business, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and organisations working with children met.

She said this culminated in the Children’s City Project (CCP): Facilitating Children’s Vision for Msunduzi in 2020.

Dugmore said the aim was to transform Msunduzi into a model Children’s City through a process inspired, designed, driven and developed by children in dialogue and partnership with adults. The summit on Thursday, is part of this process.

For more details or to register, go or call Dugmore at 033 342 8266 or 079  895 5290.

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