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George Municipality Observes National Child Protection Week

In the photo: Child Protection Programme at K’Nareb Aftercare on 5 and 6 June 

The George Municipality has joined South Africa in observing National Child Protection Week from 29 May to 5 June 2024. This week is dedicated to raising awareness about children’s safety and the importance of their protection. The Children’s Act ensures that children are safeguarded and supported by their parents, families, or foster families.

As part of this observance, the George Municipality’s Community Development Department participated in a Child Protection Programme at K’Nareb Aftercare on 5 and 6 June 2024. The program aimed to educate children about their rights and how to stay safe.

The following topics were discussed:
• Children’s Rights
• Body Protection
• Stranger Danger
• Human Trafficking
• Substance Abuse: The dangers of alcohol and cigarettes.
• Environmental Safety: Staying safe in daily surroundings.
• Emergency Numbers: Who to call in various emergencies.

The children engaged in activities and discussions, interacting with scenarios illustrating the different topics. The programme was successful, with children providing feedback on the issues discussed.

It’s crucial to remember that ensuring the safety and well-being of our children is a shared responsibility. We must continue to raise awareness about the importance of child protection.

In a related effort, the George Municipality’s Community Development team also distributed pamphlets on York Street, encouraging people not to give money to children begging on the streets. Providing money to begging children deprives them of essential services. Instead, contributions should be directed to institutions working with minors.

When children attend school, they gain access to social workers, education, school feeding schemes, and community soup kitchens. The safest place for children is in school.

Kidstop is an organisation that assists children on the streets. They can be contacted at 044 874 2624.

Pamphlets distribution…PNA George staff
Pamphlets distribution…Eden FM Administration Team
Dedicated to raising awareness about children’s safety