A pro-democracy group, Swaziland Diaspora Platform (SDP), has welcomed the African National Congress’ resolution to support the democratisation of Swaziland.
In a press statement, SDP spokesperson, Ntombenhle Khathwane, points out that, "International solidarity with oppressed peoples has never been more important in this globalised world, and state sovereignty can no longer be used as a defence by oppressive regimes."
Khathwane further reiterated SDP’s call for King Mswati III to relinquish his reign and permit a multi-party democracy in Swaziland before the kingdom is isolated.
To read the article titled, “ANC resolution on Swaziland welcomed,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Most of the Child Care Centres where JAM South Africa (JAM SA) operates are nothing more than corrugated tin shacks that are unsafe and unhealthy environments for children, our JAM SA Makeover project is about transforming lives. JAM partners with committed donors and sponsors who are willing to do a make-over and renovate child care centres.
Ikageng Day Care Centre in Orange Farm was established in July 2003 and currently cares for 74 children in just two little classrooms. JAM has been providing a bowl of nutritious, fortified porridge to each of these children every day, providing 70 percent of their daily nutritional needs.
A group of enthusiastic Norwegians from Oslo Christian Centre, in partnership with JAMSA has raised the necessary funds and participated in a ‘Maxi Makeover’ at this care centre. They are a team of 11 adults who came to South Africa for a week, and have been hard at work on their makeover.
This Makeover includes the following: installing a four classroom building; painting seven rooms inside and out; designing and creating a bike race track; laying lawns; repairing and painting playground equipment; furnishing the classrooms with multiple soft goods including mattresses, blankets, wash cloths and a kit of educational toys.
On Friday, 8 June 2012 will be the ‘Handover Day’ of the refurbished school. The group will spend their day interacting with the children, pampering them with goodies and teaching them and the teachers how to use their new educational toys. This will be a party day for the owner, teachers, parents, JAM area monitor, community leaders, area social workers and the children who will see their new school for the first time.
JAM is a South African founded, registered nonprofit humanitarian relief and development organisation, with 28 years experience in sustainable development. JAM’s programmes focus on nutritional intervention, school feeding, assistance to orphans and vulnerable children, the provision of water and sanitation, as well as community training, agricultural development, HIV/AIDS programming and income-generating projects. JAM currently assists more than 700 000 children daily through nutritional feeding programmes in five African countries.
For more information contact:
Tel: 011 548 3900
Mobile: 073 2010 847
For more about the JAM South Africa, refer to www2.jamint.com/SA/Home.
To view other NGO press releases, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.Date published:06/06/2012Organisation:Joint Aid Management (JAM SA)
A Zimbabwean NGO is working with local communities to eradicate rising child labour in the country, managing through a recent pilot project to remove some 350 children from the fields back into the classroom.
In an effort to promote what it calls child labour free zones, the Coalition Against Child Labour in Zimbabwe, says it has placed affected children in ‘bridge schools’ where they are housed temporarily.
National coordinator, Pascal Masocha, has been quoted as saying that a 2007 survey identified Masvingo province as the worst affected, prompting them to set up a pilot project in Chiredzi district.
To read the article titled, “Zimbabwe NGO tackles rising child labour in farming communities,” click here.Source:VOA News
- Child welfare experts say a Tshwane day- mother who has been accused of assault after an eight-month-old baby was allegedly abused at her house acted ‘irresponsibly’ and was ‘neglectful’.
Lidia Venter, from the Pretoria Day-Mothers Association which the accused day-mother belongs to, says it is the duty of a day-mother to ensure the person they leave children with is responsible.
“You cannot leave the children with a stranger. It has to be someone responsible, someone you know very well,” says Lidia.
To read the article titled, “Day mother blamed over alleged child abuse,” click here.Source:The Citizen
- Child rights group, Molo Songololo, has warned that school leavers who fail to find jobs are at risk of turning to crime or substance abuse.
Molo Songololo director, Patrick Solomons, says that there is an urgent need for schools to better prepare matriculants, and provide them with more information.
Solomons further states that jobs are hard to find and school leavers can become demotivated and ultimately dysfunctional.
To read the article titled, “Unemployed school leavers may turn to crime – NGO,” click here.Source:Eye Witness News
- To mark the occasion of International Human Rights Day today, organisations focusing on children’s rights and the rights of persons with disabilities, have launched a campaign to promote the right to education of children with disabilities.
South Africa has ratified a number of important international treaties, which means that the government has committed to providing free primary or basic education to every child and to develop secondary education. “Importantly, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities requires the provision of inclusive education at all levels and the UN committee that implements the Convention on the Rights of the Child has emphatically stated that all children have the same right to education, including children with disabilities,” says Lorenzo Wakefield, researcher at the Children’s Rights Project of the Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape.
The South African Constitution guarantees the right of South African children to basic education. In 2001 the Department of Education developed White Paper No 6, which sets out a 20-year plan for developing the system of inclusive education. However, Dr Heléne Combrinck of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at the University of the Western Cape raises concerns about this: she notes that “the right to basic education is not subject to the qualification of progressive realisation, which means that the 20-year timeframe is problematic and may be unconstitutional.”
In spite of the strong human rights framework, significant numbers of children with disabilities in South Africa don’t have equal access to education. In addition the quality of the education that is provided is very often substandard. For example, Cara Loening, Director of Sign Language Education and Development, notes that, “Despite 13 years of school most Deaf children leave school functionally illiterate.”
The quality of teaching available to children with disabilities in mainstream and in special schools is a significant problem in many cases. Tessa Wood, Director of the Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disabilities, points out that, “Realising the right of all children to education means that we must prioritise investment in training and support for teachers at a range of different levels.”
Children may experience multiple disabilities, which result in different barriers to learning. These barriers need to be addressed by providing different forms and levels of support to children. “Using a ‘one size fits all’ approach results in further discrimination, often limiting children’s ability to reach their full potential in society,” cautions Robyn Bath, Manager of Inclusive Education Western Cape.
Children with disabilities are often limited in their options for secondary and tertiary education. Some special schools only offer education to Grade 9 level. In addition, children who have followed the path of attending Schools of Skills find that the range of subjects offered severely limit their career paths. The costs of pursuing further training can also be a serious obstacle. “Socio-economic circumstances play a major role in realising the right to education; poorer families face significant obstacles to ensuring that their children receive quality education and that their children can pursue the career of their choice,” says Jabaar Mohamed, Director of DEAFSA Western Cape.
Another barrier is that special schools for children who require higher levels of support are generally located far from where the learners live. “Transport becomes problematic, as it is unaffordable for many and government transport programmes are inappropriate and dysfunctional. The Department of Transport must come on board in rural as well as urban areas,” notes Sandra Ambrose, Director of the Disabled Children’s Action Group.
Many non -governmental organisations are working successfully with schools and the Education Departments towards addressing these obstacles, so that children with barriers to learning, and especially those from under-resourced communities, have the same opportunities as other children.
This campaign will seek to monitor access to quality education for children with barriers to learning. “We plan to work with a number of government departments at national and provincial levels. In addition we will approach the National and Provincial Legislatures to promote parliamentary oversight over the implementation of policy,” says Sam Waterhouse of the Community Law Centre’s Parliamentary Programme. “Existing policy must be strengthened and its implementation must be prioritised. This includes ensuring that these issues are firmly on the table in debates and discussions on provincial budget allocation,” she adds.
“Government, and especially the Department of Basic Education, must consult more widely with experts in the disability sector when developing programmes and curriculums,” states Mohamed.
We are calling for the implementation of education policy that is in line with the international and constitutional human rights framework. “The right of all children in our society to learn and to develop to their full potential must be taken seriously,” confirmed Sharon September, Education and Training Coordinator at the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security.
For comment contact:
Ms. Robyn Bath
Inclusive Education Western Cape (IEWC)
082 927 2996
Ms. Tessa Woods
Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability (WCFID)
082 421 4120
Mr. Jabaar Mohamed
DeafSA Western Cape
072 472 1852 (SMS only to arrange interview)
Ms. Sharon September
Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS)
082 619 0304
Ms. Sandra Ambrose
Disabled Children’s Action Group (DiCAG)
084 548 2861
Ms Cara Leoning
Sign Language Education and Development (SLED)
082 375 3075
Ms. Sam Waterhouse
Parliamentary Programme Community Law Centre, UWC
084 522 9646
Dr. Helene Combrinck
Centre for Disability Law and Policy, UWC
083 440 9871
Mr. Lorenzo Wakefield
Community Law Centre, UWC
078 222 2144
Normal 0 false false false EN-ZA X-NONE X-NONE The campaign is supported by the following organisations:
Action in Autism KZN; Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (ACESS); Autism Western Cape; Centre for Disability Law and Policy, UWC; Children’s disability Centre; Community Law Centre, UWC; DeafSA WC; Disabled Children’s Action Group (DiCAG); Disability Research Action Team; Down Syndrome South Africa; Epilepsy South Africa; Inclusive Education Western Cape (IEWC); Oasis Association for Intellectual Disability; Peter Pan Centre; Sign Language Education and Development (SLED); Western Cape Forum for Intellectual Disability; Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities.
This initiative receives financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of the release are the sole responsibility of the organisations listed and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.
To view other NGO press releases, visit: http://www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/pressreleases.Date published:10/12/2010Organisation:Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape
- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says a generation of babies could be born free of AIDS if the international community step up efforts to provide universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and social protection.
In its report entitled ‘Children and AIDS: Fifth Stocktaking Report 2010’, UNICEF found that millions of women and children, particularly in poor countries, fall through the cracks of HIV services either due to their gender, social or economic status, location or education.
The organisation states that while children have benefited from substantial progress made in the fight against AIDS, more must be done to ensure all women and children get access to the medicines and health services designed to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission.
To read the article titled, “UNICEF says HIV-free generation achievable,” click here.Source:Mail&Guardian
- The Teddy Bear Clinic Laws and Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN) say laws that make consensual sex between teenagers a crime are unconstitutional.
The Teddy Bear Clinic director, Lizette Schoombie, points out that the case involving the highly publicised Jules High School case in which a 15-year old girl was raped on the school grounds, ‘emphatically demonstrated’ the negative effects of the act for children.
Schoombie says that while the Sexual Offences Act aims to protect children and adolescents from older sexual predators, the way the legislation was drafted has the opposite effect and breached children’s constitutional rights.
To read the article titled, “Child rights groups challenge laws on sex,” click here.Source:Business Day
- Press Release
18 September 2010
Johannesburg: Engen Gauteng and Convenience and Corporate Social Investments (CSI) department has donated more than 100 FIFA hampers and lunch to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) attending the kids club at Nkanyiso Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Organistation in Naledi, Soweto.
Speaking during the event, Engen’s Regional Promotions Executive, Sindy Gramoney, stated that, “We are delighted to be able to support and help the children belonging to Nkanyiso”.
Our OVC entertained the Engen delegation and showcased their skills in drama, dance, sharing messages on HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy, health and nutrition through poems – which they learn during our kids clubs taking place every Saturday.
“Nkanyiso is very delighted for the support and donation that we received from Engen, the donation means a lot to the children as most of our children have no parents that buy them presents, so it brings a lot of joy to the kids to see that they are also other people that love and care about them too,” says Ethel Zulu, Managing Director at Nkanyiso.
Our organisation is currently operating in Gauteng’s most disadvantaged communities and rural communities of Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape.
For more information:
Managing Director: Nkanyiso
Tel: 011 326 3507
Mobile: 082 976 9805
Regional Promotions Executive
Engen Petroleum Limited
Tel: 011 480 6342
Cell: 0 82 623 4417
Email: email@example.comDate published:18/09/2010Organisation:Nkanyiso Nutrition and HIV/AIDS Organistation
- Press Release
25 August 2010
The advent of the removal of children begging in the streets in Tshwane, some accompanying adults has the public raging with dissent. Jo’burg Child Welfare (JCW) has the following comments on this issue:
“We note that such children are exposed to a great many hazards and that there is an urgent need for intervention to improve their circumstances. In addition there is evidence that some of the adults concerned are not the parents of the children who are with them, but have “rented” them for use in begging. This is of course a highly dangerous practice that must be ended”, says the organisation’s Assistant Director Carol Bews.
At the same time it is our impression that many of the adults in question are the parents of the children who are with them, and their begging is a means of survival in extremely adverse circumstances.
Sudden, forced removal of children from those caring for them is highly traumatising and can cause severe and lasting emotional problems. This is something that should happen only when there is substantial immediate danger to a child - danger which outweighs that involved in traumatic removal.
Marihet Infantino, JCW’s manager for the Child and Family unit says; “Normally speaking, separation of a child from his or her parent or primary caregiver should happen only after a full investigation and with thorough preparation of all concerned.”
We would recommend that instead of this kind of draconian action by the authorities, what is required is to increase the options for poor people. “We need strong outreach and development programmes through which the adults involved can be offered positive ways of making a living, instead of being separated from their children,” adds Bews.
Such programmes require funding from provincial and local government as well as private sources. The present chronic underfunding of welfare organisations by the Gauteng government is undermining their ability to respond to this and many other social problems.
Our own organisation’s Thembalethu project for girls and young women on the street has to date this year received no state funding. This is a programme which, through skills training and income-generating activities, helps prevent young mothers from having to resort to begging in the first place. “Government must strengthen the social welfare service net in order to promote the wellbeing of children and families in our province,” appeals Bews.
Issue By: Jo’burg Child Welfare
- Carol Bews tel: 011 298 8500
- Marihet Infantino 011 298 8511
For more information, click here.Date published:25/08/2010Organisation:Jo’burg Child Welfare