Children’s rights take centre stage

2019-06-04 06:00
Selwyn ECD Learning Centre’s learners and facilitators stand together for child protection.

Selwyn ECD Learning Centre’s learners and facilitators stand together for child protection.

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Creating safe spaces for children is one of Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation’s main focuses and last week was an extra special time for them.

Running from Tuesday 28 May to today, Tuesday 4 June, is Child Protection Week which was commemorated by the organisation through various activities held at their Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre.

Samantha Morris, principal of the ECD centre, said the topic for the Selwyn ECD Learning Centre, the crèche at the organisation, for child protection week was the five senses, with the emphasis put on touch on Thursday 30 May.

This activity was one of the many activities of a specially designed programme to raise awareness about children’s rights, safety and security.

Giving more insight into one of the activities, Morris said the morning session included a discussion with the children about their rights and safety.

The creative learning session followed, where teachers and learners made posters with various comments and statements regarding the topic of child protection very clearly displayed.

“This gave the learners an opportunity to be as creative as possible, using various colours and characters to express their feelings,” Morris said.

The teachers then had smaller group discussions with the learners about what was written on each poster as well as a huge banner which the learners carried to the entrance of the organisation along with their parents. The banner had their handprints on it, which symbolises the message: “hands off our children”.

“We ended the programme for the day with singing and dancing activities in our music and movement session,” she said.

Emphasising the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, Morris explained that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that they are safe.

“We wish to encourage all parents and children alike to be aware of stranger danger at all times and to keep raising awareness so that we can become a more conscious and educated nation that will prevent abuse, kidnapping and ultimately murder,” she concluded. V To find out more about Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation and the Selwyn ECD Learning Centre, visit www.whererainbowsmeet.com.

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