Raising awareness about child protection

2019-06-05 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedPupils and parents at the awareness campaign.

PHOTO: suppliedPupils and parents at the awareness campaign.

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NON-PROFIT organisation (NPO) Just Like Heaven, in collaboration with the Department of Social Development, Legal Aid SA, Sassa, Sanca, LifeLine, and Nsikayethu Secondary and Fezokuhle Primary parents and teachers held a successful Child Protection Awareness Event at Unit 18 Imbali Hall recently.

This was a way of celebrating National Child Protection Week, which is an annual event to raise awareness of the plight as well as rights of children as stated in the Children’s Act of 2005.

Founder of Just Like Heaven Phindile Shezi-Mohlala said the panellists addressed issues that pupils face daily and how these can be overcome.

“There was great interaction between the pupils and the presenters, especially with topics relevant to social security, alcohol and drugs as well as bullying.

“We proudly have legislation on children which is based on the United Convention of the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child as well as our own Constitution.

“This event is not only for the government but this is a time for all sectors to reflect on what we do as a community to ensure the care of and, most of all, the welfare and protection of our vulnerable and precious children,” she said.

The NPO’s vision is to see that every child in the community has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential, said the founder, and they do their best to uphold Article 28 of the South African Constitution.

“In view of this, it will be beneficial to pupils if relevant organisations could follow up with schools to address the issues at a broader spectrum for the benefit of more pupils,” said Shezi-Mohlala, who also thanked everyone who assisted throughout the programme.

— Supplied.

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