Joburg cel­e­brates World Chil­dren’s Day

Inner City Gazette - - News - By Staff Re­porter news@in­ner-city-gazette.co.za

The City of Joburg con­tin­ues to play a critical role in shap­ing the lives of young peo­ple through var­i­ous pro­grammes run by the So­cial Devel­op­ment Depart­mentw.

The 1st of June was pro­nounced In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Day dur­ing the World Con­fer­ence for the Well­be­ing of Chil­dren that was held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1925. The day aims to pro­mote the rights and well-be­ing of all chil­dren.

The re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­tect­ing chil­dren and their rights rests with each one of us. In South Africa, Child Pro­tec­tion Week is com­mem­o­rated on an an­nual basis, and the aim of this year is to raise aware­ness on the rights of chil­dren as out­lined in the Chil­dren’s Act no 38 of 2005.

The Chil­dren’s Services Unit of­fers Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment (ECD) pro­grammes that fo­cus on cre­at­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren, par­ents and prac­ti­tion- ers. The in­ter­ven­tions were de­vel­oped to im­prove ac­cess to ECD, en­sure that prac­ti­tion­ers of­fer qual­ity ECD pro­grammes and that prac­ti­tion­ers and chil­dren op­er­ate in a safe space, as well as as­sist ECD cen­tres in be­ing com­pli­ant. ECDs play a critical role in the devel­op­ment of young peo­ple and that is why the City is in­vest­ing time and ef­fort to give ev­ery child an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

The Chil­dren’s Unit also sup­ports or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren by pro­vid­ing health and psy­choso­cial sup­port, as well as the pro­vi­sion of ma­te­ri­als such as cloth­ing, school uni­form, toys and ar­rang­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Unit has cre­ated dig­i­tal vil­lages in Re­gion B, D, F and G, where or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren are taught tech­no­log­i­cal skills and of­fered ca­reer guid­ance.

“The chil­dren in the City of Jo­han­nes­burg are its trea­sure and its hope for a brighter to­mor­row. Priority 9 of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion in the City is to pre­serve our re­sources for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. It would be ab­so­lutely point­less to in­vest in preser­va­tion mech­a­nisms with­out pre­serv­ing the very re­cip­i­ents of our legacy. This would en­tail pro­tect­ing, nur­tur­ing and in­deed devel­op­ing our young to be bet­ter than us, so they can flourish in a fast devel­op­ing world.

“As we con­tinue to im­prove our ser­vice of­fer­ing for these young ones, we are cog­nisant of the fast emer­gence of the fourth in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion, and the need to pre­pare them to be able to in­ter­act and even con­trib­ute to this world of the fu­ture,” Pha­latse said.

Pha­latse said ev­ery­one has a role; at home, in schools, and in com­mu­ni­ties; to in­vest in the men­tal, phys­i­cal and so­cial well­be­ing of our chil­dren, and equally to cre­ate an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for them to max­i­mize their po­ten­tial.

She said as we herald an end to abuse against in­no­cent chil­dren, let us just as loudly pledge our sup­port to­wards their growth and devel­op­ment. Our chil­dren are our trea­sure and hope.

Pha­latse said if we are to sus­tain our chil­dren in the most dig­ni­fied and op­ti­mal man­ner, the city needs to con­tinue to work with or­gan­i­sa­tions who have the same vi­sion for chil­dren.

The City of Jo­han­nes­burg’s Chil­dren’ s Unit has cre­ated dig­i­tal vil­lages in Re­gion B, D, F and G, where or­phans and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren are taught tech­no­log­i­cal skills and of­fered ca­reer guid­ance.

The Chil­dren’s Services Unit of­fers Early Child­hood Devel­op­ment (ECD) pro­grammes that fo­cus on cre­at­ing an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren, par­ents and prac­ti­tion­ers. City of Joburg’s chil­dren from dif­fer­ent ECD cen­tres take part in a #FunWalk

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