The Free State Department of Education has launched the global Child Rights Online Platform, an initiative envisaged to ensure promotion and protection of children rights in schools. Launched on 23 March in Bloemfontein, the department stated that the online platform was significant in ensuring promotion and protection of children’s rights in schools as enshrined in the constitution of South Africa. Preparing to roll out the platform, Howard Ndaba, the department spokesperson, said 24 officials, principals and senior authorities in the department, attended a one-month advanced international training programme one child rights, classroom and schools governance in Sweden. He said the chief objective of having the team in Sweden was to capacitate both principals and officials on child rights regarding protection and promotion of rights of the child in schools in the country. He said training was in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child of which South Africa is a signatory. “The programme was conducted by Lund University in Sweden and funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). “The trained individuals are now regarded as child rights change agents and have developed and implemented many change programmes in schools. “These change agents will be expected to share their findings and experiences during the launch of the online platform,” said Ndaba. Ndaba said in line with the child rights online platform, the department will investigate the following aspects: democratic participation of leaners in school affairs, abolishing of corporal punishment, parental involvement, and child right education and protection of vulnerable learners, learners from child headed families and from drug, alcohol and sexual abuse.