CANGO PRIORITISES PROTECTION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS
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.