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Child Protection Week promoted

Child Protection Week (CPW) is observed every year to raise awareness of the rights of children.

It is the 22nd year of CPW and this year the campaign is observed with the theme “Let us Protect All Children to Move South Africa Forward” from 2 to 9 June. Worcester joined in on the CPW celebrations which started last week.

On Tuesday 28 May 2019, SAPS officers attached to the Social Crime Prevention Unit in partnership with other stakeholders visited Siyafuneka and Bothas Halte Primary Schools respectively, to start the CPW.

“The young learners were assembled at their halls and informed of the Children’s Rights and Child Justice Act in the presence of their educators,” said the spokesperson of Worcester police, Capt Lindikhaya Mkhontwana.

On Wednesday they visited River View Primary School and Siyafuneka High School.

“Stakeholders who have been involved since the launch include ACVV, Thuthuzela Care Centre, Department of Community Safety with a “Daantjie kat”, FCS Unit, municipal traffic officials and WCED. The SAPS management in Worcester appreciated the initiative so far which members have made in ensuring that children’s rights are protected during the Child Protection Week awareness programmes,” said Mkhontwana.

Friday 31 May, 23 crèches and schools from all over Worcester marched from ACVV Bollieland to the City Hall where the children’s rights and responsibilities were read to them. “Every year during CPW we have a march in cooperation with Grapevine Forum. The purpose of this day is to read their rights to them but also to make them understand that with every right there is a responsibility,” says the principal of the Bollieland Educare Centre, Linda Groenewald.

Groenewald says there were about 700 children and adults taking part in the day and it was a huge success. “The programme included singing and riel dancing activities and was also attended by the Department of Social Services. The children enjoyed it,” she adds.

“Children Protection Week is very important because they are not always heard and seen. We also what to educate children to know how to report the violation of their rights. At the end of the day our children are our only hope to restore our country. I believe in the ability of our children,” says Groenewald.

Groenewald says they would like to thank the Breede Valley Municipality, Traffic Department and the NG church for making the day a success.

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