Kids get in on the march

2017-06-06 06:01

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For the past week the streets of Factreton, Kensington and Maitland Garden Village were busy with peace walks against violence and child abuse.

Residents set their mark in fighting the seemingly rising tide of kidnappings, murders and rape of children in commemoration of Child Protection Week last week.

Hundreds of children between the ages of three and 16 participated and were educated on protecting themselves, spotting suspicious people and reporting any discomfort they encounter.

In Kensington Hallas Daycare had children walk down the street with placards pleading for love and protection and condemning violence against them.

“The death of Courtney Peters broke my heart. I did not know her in any way but with me being a mother of a three-year-old as well, I took her story to heart. I felt that I needed to take the stand against this crisis and bring my contribution in some way. This is when I approached my daycare principal for us to do the peace walk with the kids, because after all it is about them,” says Mishka Davids of the educare.

One young participant, Ammaar Paleker (5), says: “I enjoyed the peace walk. I felt happy walking the streets with my teachers to tell everyone to stop child abuse. I want the bad guys to go to jail so that we can play outside without being scared.”

In Factreton Kevin Alexander, together with Parow police and ward councillor Helen Jacobs, conducted a workshop for Sunderland Primary School learners in which they taught them about emergency contact numbers and how to react when they find themselves in awkward situations.

They also had a peaceful march in Sunderland Street on Friday morning. Esmeralda Kleyn from Garden Village, coach of Bootcamp Village, led the march.

The march’s spokesperson Erica Steenberg says: “The march is aimed at raising awareness of child and women abuse. In light of the many killings and children being molested, we want to say, through this march, that we will not be tolerating this anymore. We shall no longer turn a blind eye to our children being robbed of their innocence and their right to be protected.”

Maitland police, the local community policing forum, Law Enforcement and the neighbourhood watch held a social crime awareness campaign at Garden Village Primary School.


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