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How you can help during Child Protection Week.

National Child Protection Week is commemorated annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and the Children’s Act (Act 38 of 2005).
Children in South Africa live in a society with a Constitution that has the highest regard for their rights and for the equality and dignity of everyone.
Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is not only a basic value but also an obligation clearly set out in Article 28 of the South African Constitution.
Tutela, Ligstad, Alberton Lions, youth counsellors from the Alberton Methodist church and the Victim Support Centre in Alberton took hands in launching an awareness campaign in Alberton.
The team has put together awareness material and will be conducting awareness programs at schools that were accessible with regards to the Covid-19 regulations and protocols. This is, but a launch of the program and the program will be rolled out at the other schools as they become accessible.
Green is the colour of this Child Protection Week and in Alberton, they will be focusing on bullying, child abuse and substance abuse. D&S Press is thanked for the donation of 10 thousand pamphlets that will be distributed in the participating schools.
How can the community get involved?
Go green for awareness
The green ribbon was adopted by the National Child Protection Committee in 1994 and symbolises life and growth associated with children as well as the nurturing of children. Let your staff and volunteers wear green ribbons and tie green material or ribbons around the fences and trees of your business/organisation’s building. You can also let people write positive messages about child protection on cards and tie these messages with green ribbons.
Teach children their rights
Encourage child participation by doing activities with the children in your organisation, church or family:
• Teach children their rights as outlined by the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (CRC, 1990) and The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
• Teach children protective behaviours and how to report abuse.
• Let the children make posters and banners with verses, statements and children’s rights written on them.
• Let your children plant a tree as a commitment to nurturing every generation so the next generation may be stronger.
• Let your children write messages on green balloons and have a balloon ceremony.
Take your teddy for a walk
Join the Teddy Walk hosted by Tutela Family Care Alberton. This initiative is a fund-raiser and awareness campaign. Community members are invited to register for the virtual walk. The entry fee is R50. The idea is that you walk the virtual walk with your teddy, check in on Tutela Facebook page and post your pictures. After the walk, donate the Teddy to Tutela.
You can do the walk at a time that is convenient for you throughout Child Protection Week. For more information on this initiative, you can contact Bee at 082 852 3918.
Let’s join hands as a community and make this initiative a huge success.

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