Children learn about their rights

2016-06-08 06:00
CHILDREN of different Early Childhood Development Centres in Bethlehem and representatives of different stakeholders attended an awareness day on child protection.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

CHILDREN of different Early Childhood Development Centres in Bethlehem and representatives of different stakeholders attended an awareness day on child protection. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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BOHLOKONG. – The Bethlehem branch of the Department of Social Development celebrated Child Protection Week with children of different day-care centres and crèches in Bohlokong near Bethlehem, at the Baken Park Hall on Friday (03/06).

The event was aimed to raise awareness of children’s rights.

Nikiziwe Kubheka, a social auxiliary worker at Social Development, said they had invited the kids and their parents because they wanted to teach them their rights at their tender age.

She said it was important for them to know their rights and that parents should respect them.

“Children have a right to education and to live in a healthy environment,” she said.

Kubheka said they were not only teaching them during Child Protection Week as they had visited them at their centres before.

During the awareness week, children were given a chance to sing, play and to listen to the key messages of the day.

“We are going to visit the centres again after the event to make sure that we implement whatever challenges we have discoursed,” Kubheka said.

She said the challenges that they were mainly faced with were those of parents neglecting their children.

“Neglecting a child is very dangerous because such children often fail to cope in class,” she said.

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