Cesvi celebrates children’s rights

2019-05-30 06:01
Cesvi Foundation facilitators and some of the children that took part in the children rights project. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Cesvi Foundation facilitators and some of the children that took part in the children rights project. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Cesvi Foundation is adamant that the lives of young children in Philippi and the surrounding areas will never be the same again after completing a three-year empowerment programme.

A conference was held on Friday 24 May to share the results and lessons learned during the three-year period.

Cesvi (Cooperazione e Sviluppo) supports women and children who are victims of domestic violence by educating them about their rights.

The empowerment project kicked off in 2016.

Luvuyo Zahela, programme manager, said the foundation thought it would be a great idea to celebrate the programme just before National Child Protection Week which started on Tuesday 28 May and ends on Tuesday 4 June

The theme for the programme was strengthening community structures and improving coordination towards the realisation of children’s socio-economic rights.

Zahela said three years ago when the training started the children did not know anything about their rights. He added that the training gave the children communication and leadership skills while equipping them with education on their rights. The programme is looking at sustainable ways of maintaining some of the models of the project. He said they want children to articulate their rights with understanding and also keep in mind that with rights come responsibilities.

One of the children that took part in the project Ongeziwe Arosi (15) said before she joined the project she did not know anything about her rights. “I learned a lot about my rights as a child from the project because even at home we never spoke about my rights,” she said.

She encourages other children to join the project so they can know when their rights are being infringed upon. Arosi said she also learnt that with rights there are responsibilities that come with them.

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