As the aim of child protection week is to ensure the safety, wellbeing, care and protection of all children, Mkhondo Alathia Rehabilitation Centre (MARC) made use of the opportunity to promote the message of child protection through awareness campaigns at the various schools that they work with.
The Department of Social Development, SAPS, Mkhondo FM and Grip, also took part in the programme and the schools that have already welcomed the team are Nqobile Primary School, Imizamoyethu Primary School, Harmony Park Combined School and Amadlelo Aluhlaza Secondary School.
The focus of the programme at the schools were aimed at educating children on their rights, various forms of abuse and where to get help if their rights are being violated or they are being abused. Children who find themselves in these situations are often too afraid to share what is going on. Children are encouraged to talk to someone they trust like parents, teachers, the police or social workers. Child Line is also available on 0800 05 55 55 or the SAPS on 10111.
The dangers of substance abuse and how substance abuse puts children in risky situations were also shared. The participation from the learners and the schools was exceptional. Learners took part in the programme by drawing pictures and posters with messages that promote child protection, reciting poems and skits on child protection and sharing their understanding of their rights and responsibilities.
The schools also wrapped trees in and around the school premises in green cloth to show their commitment to child protection. MARC continued with the programme at Piet Retief Combined School, Qubekani Primary School, Salem Combined School and Kwashuqu Combined School last week.