Gauteng leads children’s rights campaign

Pretoria – The Gauteng Provincial Government will kick off Child Protection Week by taking government child care services to communities.

“This year we are focusing on responding to specific social ills such sexual abuse of children, physical abuse and child neglect. We will also pay attention to the lack of access to education, especially early learning, rehabilitation of children ravaged by drugs and those in conflict with the law,” MEC for Social Development, Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, said on Friday.

The MEC said that during Child Protection Week, which starts on 29 May until 5 June, the department will go to communities to offer services to the people.

“The concept of Child Protection Week stems from the African proverb, it takes a village to raise a child, which emphasises the role of the wider community in keeping children safe.

“That is the spirit of the Green Ribbon Project that we launched during the 2004 Child Protection Week awareness campaign. The green ribbon is symbolic of accepting the obligation [to] protect a child,” MEC Mayathula-Khoza said.

The Child Protection Week campaign will run under the theme ‘Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward’.

The National Department of Social Development will launch the week campaign on Sunday at Braakspruit Farm, outside Klerksdorp, in the North West. – SAnews.gov.za