Protection week a success

2018-06-07 06:02
The Grade 7 learners who participated the Child Protection Week event.

The Grade 7 learners who participated the Child Protection Week event.

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The Western Cape Department of Social Development ended Child Protection Week by hosting Grade 7 learners for a Child Resilience Focus Group.

A total of 57 learners participated from Sigcawu Primary School in Crossroads, Bongolethu Primary School in Browns Farm and Parkfields Primary in Hanover Park.

The group was selected to represent cultural differences and different communities across Cape Town, and were hosted by the Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz.

The focus group worked on dealing with the anxiety the Grade 7 learners may be experiencing due to the looming transition to high school next year. In addition, the sessions tackled issues faced by the learners at school, and in the different communities they lived in.

Some of the issues discussed were gangsterism, which affected learner’s ability to get to school safely. One learner from Isigcawu Primary School told a story of gang members who accost them, demanding their school books or their lunch packs or money.

Learners from Parkfields Primary mentioned the problem of substance abuse in their community, and warned of the violence and murder fuelled by substance abuse.

Social workers were on hand during the sessions, to assist the children with dealing with psycho-social matters that arose.

The department says it will continue to advocate for the right of children and has allocated its largest share of their budget – R694m – to tackling child abuse, neglect and abandonment.

The department continues to call on parents and the public to report any cases of child abuse to a social worker at any our local and regional offices or by calling 0800 220 250.

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