In an at­tempt to pro­tect chil­dren’s rights and prevent abuses, CANGO has in­tro­duced a new in­ter­nal chil­dren’s pol­icy. This was re­vealed dur­ing CANGO’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the Ge­orge Ho­tel re­cently.

CANGO Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer Nkosingiphile Myeni said the fo­rum al­lowed for the shar­ing of the new in­ter­nal chil­dren’s pol­icy.

“This pol­icy aims to guide all CANGO mem­bers to pri­ori­tise the pro­tec­tion of the chil­dren’s rights and prevent abuses by those en­trusted with the care of chil­dren in the sec­tor,” Myeni said.

Myeni went on to men­tion that the pur­pose of the pol­icy was for CANGO and mem­bers to com­mit to pro­tect chil­dren against abuse.

“The pol­icy is to safe­guard chil­dren, pro­tect their rights, fa­cil­i­tate back­ground checks for em­ploy­ees at re­cruit­ment stage, and com­mit­ment never to em­ploy pe­dophiles,” Myeni ex­plained.

He said this pol­icy will also deal with is­sues of con­fi­den­tial­ity, re­port­ing and seek­ing per­mis­sion when tak­ing pic­tures of chil­dren.

Ac­cord­ing to Myeni, dur­ing the gen­eral meet­ing there was the adop­tion of the or­gan­i­sa­tions with amend­ments and elec­tion of four new board mem­bers.

Th­ese were SafAids Di­rec­tor Man­disa Zwane-Machakata, Coun­cil of Swazi­land Di­rec­tor Bonginkosi Malaza, Hospice at Home Di­rec­tor, Zodwa Gamedze and World Vi­sion Swazi­land Di­rec­tor Fran­cis Dube who add into the team of nine elect- ed plus two nom­i­nated mem­bers to com­plete the com­po­si­tion by 11 in­di­vid­u­als.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Chair­per­son Du­misani Mnisi, who is Save the Chil­dren Di­rec­tor, noted the over­sight work that was suc­cess­fully car­ried out by the CANGO gov­ern­ing board.

He also in­formed the AGM that the board also adopted the Chil­dren and Gen­der poli­cies to guide the or­gan­i­sa­tion and mem­bers in their work. Mnisi also iden­ti­fied the need for NGOs to up­hold high stan­dards of per­for­mance es­pe­cially as it re­lates to ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency.

“He then called for NGOs to be smarter in their work in or­der to de­liver more with less re­source at their dis­posal,” Myeni re­ported.

CANGO Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Em­manuel Ndlangamandla noted t hat t he t heme f or t he AGM “Sus­tain­abil­ity of NGOs con­fronting re­al­i­ties” was a call for and by mem­bers to put their en­ergy in re­ally look­ing at var­i­ous op­tions to sus­tain­ing the NGO move­ment out­side donor grants.

In the meet­ing, Ndlangamandla also en­cour­aged ef­forts by NGOs to be the voice of the voice­less through ad­vo­cacy cam­paigns planned and ex­e­cuted by the con­sor­tia us­ing a non-con­fronta­tional ap­proach which has proved to be ef­fec­tive in in­flu­enc­ing pol­icy mak­ers in the coun­try.

“There was the ap­point­ment of Kobla Quashie and As­so­ci­ates Char­tered Ac­coun­tants, Swazi­land as ex­ter­nal au­di­tors’ for the com­ing three fi­nan­cial years,” Myeni con­cluded.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Dr Phineas Ma­gag­ula.

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