In a country with an army of young people who were, and still are out of school, unemployed and unskilled, the South African’s government launch of the National Youth Service Programme (NYS) in Cape Town five years ago on August 24 was a milestone in the youth development sector.
The Child Rights Project, with the assistance of the Foundation for Human Rights, produced a comprehensive manual on upholding and promoting children’s rights. Produced by the Child Rights Project with the assistance of the Foundation for Human Rights, the manual is aimed at advice givers who work at a grass roots level and encountered challenges and difficulties that children face in accessing and ensuring their rights both as a means of protection and development.
Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says there is a correlation between lack of access to basic services and households requiring grants.
In its report into state delivery of grants for the past five years, Stats SA argues that children who live in households that receive social grants are more likely to attend school than children in low-income households that do not.
Stats SA identified lack of education or illiteracy as contributing to dependence on social grants.
The high prevalence of bullying in schools has prompted the Gauteng Education Department to devise new policies to curb the scourge.
MEC for Education Barbara Creecy has said a new policy dealing with safety in schools was being developed. It would be made public within a few months.
Creecy said she had asked policy experts to look specifically at bullying and ways of dealing with it so that cases can be resolved sooner. One possibility was instating truancy officers and appointing school social workers within five years.
Thirty-nine trafficked children have been rescued in communities along the Volta Lake in Ghana. The children were rescued by the Partners in Community Development Programme (PACODEP).
The children, aged between six and 13 years who were rescued within three months, are part of a programme sponsored by Geneva Global, an international organisation which fights against all forms of human rights abuses, working in collaboration with PACODEP in Ghana.
15 June 2009
Nairobi, June 16th 2009: Africa observes the Day of the African Child, in memory of, thousands of black school children who were maimed and killed in 1976 Soweto uprising, as they took to the streets to protest the inferior quality of their education and to demand their right to be taught in their own language.
The Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disability, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya, says refugee children should have access to education in South Africa.
"I urge you as children to also take responsibility to attend school because without education, it will be extremely difficult to make it in life anywhere in the world,"
She was addressing about 150 South African children and child refugees in Bela Bela, Limpopo, who had gathered to celebrate the Day of the African Child and World Refugee Day.
The education of an African child cannot be negotiated or postponed. This is according to Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane.
Mokonyane, whose comments follow last week’s protest by Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) members who disrupted classes demanding appointment letters be signed for their preferred principals, was addressing members of school governing bodies and parents at the Soweto College of Education.
At some point in our childhood or adulthood for that matter, we may have experienced some kind of bullying or harassment or violence or we know of someone who has survived these and other types of violence. Through campaigns like the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and the work of organisations in the violence against women sector, many of us know what our rights are and where to go for help. But what happens when this violence happens in cyberspace? Do we know enough to protect ourselves from harm? Do girls and young women know of the potential dangers in online spaces?
A leading human rights group in Malawi has welcomed a court decision to turn down an application by US pop star Madonna to adopt a second child from the southern African country.
Malawi's Human Rights Consultative Committee chairperson, Undule Mwaksungula, said, "We are very happy. I think it's the right decision, the right ruling...I don't think the welfare of Malawian children can be solved by inter-country adoptions."