The community of Lenasia recently turned over a memorandum at their local police station to call for the protection of children.
In a statement sent to TimesLIVE, Naomi Koatla of early education nonprofit SmartStart said children must during and be protected from all forms of abuse after Child Safeguarding Week.
SA is celebrating Child Safeguarding Week from May 29th to June 5th to raise awareness of children’s rights.
Koatla said that the community, including early childhood development practitioners, also called for the provision of early childhood education to equip children for a brighter future.
“Where there is quality early childhood education Learning programs exist, they often provide a safe place for children to spend their time while their parents are at work. In many cases, the programs also ensure that children get at least one meal a day,” Koatla said.
The organization’s director, Grace Matlhape, said preventing child abuse and neglect isn’t just about it a moral and legal obligation of society, but also instrumental in improving children’s health and ensuring children’s safety.
“Early learning and support, either at home or in a quality early learning programme, can address these deficiencies and ensure the next generation of students are better prepared. Child Protection Week is about ensuring children have everything they need to be successful adults, and early learning is a key part of that,” said Matlhape.
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