National Child Protection Week (CPW) is commemorated in South Africa annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Children's Act of 2005. The campaign, which began in 1997, also aims to mobilise all sectors of society to ensure the care and protection of children. The campaign is led by the Minister of Social Development; however it is incumbent on all of us to play a role in protecting children and creating a safe and secure environment for them.The 2014 theme for the week was “a safe and healthy environment for children”.
Sikhula Sonke, together with partner organisations Grassroots Soccer, LoveLife, VPUU, Mozaic, HeadsUp, City of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape, hosted a full week of events to maximise awareness of the campaign and strengthen relationships between community stakeholders, NGOs and the police.
Monday 09h00 - 17h00: Launch of Child Protection week
Open library; dances, dramas & music; exhibitions
Harare Square, Ncumo Road, Harare, Khayelitsha
Tuesday: Round table discussions
What are the real issues faced by our children? Let’s talk!
Masibambane Hall - Lovelife, Y-Centre, Harare Square Ncumo Road, Khayelitsha
Wednesday: Children learn & play times
Visit to mobile toy library, children use learning spaces
Various sites including Kuyasa, Monwabisi Park, Harare Square
Thursday: Road shows / pamphleteering
Handing out of pamphlets & educating about child safety
Led by SAPS, Metro Police and other community organizations
Friday: Celebration & signing of pledges
Rounding off Child Protection Week and setting the stage for start of Child Month
Kuyasa Primary School, Kuyasa, Khayelitsha
A full and busy week - with great participation by children, caregivers, preschools, schools and the community at large. Check out our Facebook page for photos of each day's events: SikhulaSonkeECD