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Children who are not educated about child abuse are the most vulnerable to become victims of Child Abuse.

posted 7 Jul 2014, 01:45 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 7 Jul 2014, 06:01 ]

Various campaigns were organized during the month of June by several government departments and child and youth orientated non-profit organizations. The objective of these campaigns was to raise awareness around child protection. Thousands of children are abused every year in South Africa but these abusive incidents could be prevented if children and society are made aware of their rights. To combat this pandemic, the South African government introduced the ‘Child Protection Week’ in 1998. The Department of Social Development annually facilitates this Child Protection week. The theme for this year’s campaign was ‘Working together to protect our Children’ where the community was encouraged to take responsibility for children’s safety.

 

Phumlani Primary School drama together with the SFL Primary School's Coach at the event.

The Star for Life Wellness team dedicated the whole month of June to raise awareness against the abuse of the children and educating the community about the rights and responsibilities for children’s safety in four SFL partnered primary schools; Phumlani, Macabuzela, Ntuthukoyamazulu and Nompondo Primary School in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal.

 

The Star For Life Executive Director Dr Per Strand encouraged learners at Phumalni Primary School to never be afraid to talk if they are being abused. “You are all beautiful and important, the future of Hluhluwe and the country as a whole is in your hands. Don’t be afraid to say STOP to those who abuse you.”


Chief Traffic Officer M.J Gumede from the Big 5 False Bay Municipality (Protection Services) addressing the learners
at Phumlani Hall.

 The Star For Life Wellness Manager and the organizer of the event Noluthando Nondabula said even though almost all children’s are at risk of being abused; children who are not educated about their rights are the most vulnerable of all. “It is very difficult for children to stand up to the abusers if they are not being well prepared before hand,” said Noluthando.

 

Nonhlanhla Nsele from the Community Safety encouraged parents to love their children and always tell them how beautiful they are. “Children who feel unloved and who are experiencing loneliness are at high risk of sexual abuse,” said Nonhlanhla.

 

Learners with the help of the Star For Life Primary School’s Coach Dumisani Ngubane put on several dramatic performances to tell sad stories of abused children in South Africa; “Sometimes we lose hope, sometimes we feel hopeless, sometimes we feel unsafe”, a group of emotional learners chanted as they presented their play.

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