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Protest March to Mark Anniversary of Kidnapped Girls

Nigeria and the world marked the first anniversary of Boko Haram's abduction of 219 schoolgirls with protest marches, candlelit vigils and pledges of solidarity.
 
Campaigners also used the focus of the anniversary to highlight the situation in the girls' hometown should they be released, cataloguing the devastation wreaked by six years of conflict.
 

Call to Bring Back Abducted Girls

As worldwide outrage grows over the abduction of Nigerian School girls a month ago, Malawi has joined the entire world in the ‘Bring Back Our Girls Campaign’, which is running across the world.
 
It is almost a month now that more than 200 girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, a town in North Eastern Nigeria and their school was set on fire.
 

Manifestos Overlook Children’s Rights - NGOs

A number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have pointed out that children's rights to education and healthcare are not considered an election issue by parties, but should be.

Children's rights to education, healthcare and services are not picketed and protested over nor considered an election issue by communities because they do not even know what children's rights are, says Centre for Child Law.

Centre for Child Law attorney, Karabo Ngidi, points out that, "Mostly in rural areas and townships people don't even think of it as an issue, let alone an election issue."

Schools Take Govt to Court Over Textbooks

Numerous schools in Limpopo are taking the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to court for failing to deliver textbooks.
 
The move is headed by 23 schools that say that between them, they still need 18 000 books.

The case, initiated by lobby group Basic Education for All, through civil rights organisation SECTION27, is due to be heard in the High Court, Pretoria.

To read the article titled, “Fight for textbooks back in court, report,” click here.

Limpopo Textbooks Still Not Delivered

According to a newspaper report, some schools in Limpopo still have not received their textbooks for the 2014 school year.

Sipho Mothobuka, principal of Moloketla Primary, complains that the education department makes announcements on the radio to say that the books are delivered, but that is not so and it is a problem.

Daniel Ramatladi, mathematics teacher, states that teachers sometimes forced to write out the whole textbook on the blackboard.

Partnership to Tackle Child Pornography

The Film and Publication Board, along with Google, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations, announced a partnership designed to create awareness of cyber safety and fight online child pornography.

The national programme, which will begin this month, will promote the safer and more responsible use of the internet and online technologies.

The programme kicked off at Jules High School in Johannesburg, a school which made headlines in 2010 because of a sex-video scandal involving three pupils.

Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project: Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant

The Philani Child Health and Nutrition Project is a community-based NGO committed to the protection of the rights of every child to proper nutrition and healthcare in communities where malnourished children and destitute mothers are most vulnerable.

The Philani Maternal Health and Nutrition Project seeks to appoint an Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Assistant, based in Cape Town.

S/he is expected to be organized, motivated and a hands on individual.

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Trafficking of Minors: A Daily Occurrence

On Sunday, 5 April 2015, the return of a missing 15-year old en-route to join the religious extremist group of the Islamic State (IS) made headlines in the local newspapers. What has spun off or emerged from the series of events that took shape has focused largely on Islamic fundamentalism and how it has affected South Africans. Unfortunately, many people of this faith have come under scrutiny at the possible alignment with this radical fundamentalist group.

Children’s Rights Centre: Programme Coordinator

The Children’s Rights Centre (CRC) is a nonprofit organisation working towards creating a child friendly society in South Africa.

CRC seeks to appoint a Programme Coordinator, based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

The Programme Coordinator will contribute to achieving the organisation's strategic goal "to advocate and educate for children’s rights in South Africa."

Starting date: 1 February 2014 or as soon as available. This is a full-time, one-year, fixed-term contract position.
 
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Save the Children South Africa: Child Protection Officer

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children, operating in almost 120 countries around the world to improve the lives of children.

Save the Children South Africa seeks to appoint a Child Protection Officer, based in Musina, Limpopo.

The person will manage the coordination of child protection strategy in the Limpopo province; liaise with and support role players concerning matters in child protection; provide training and specialised guidance to role players; respond to cases of child abuse.

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