Youth for Christ KwaZulu-Natal Khayalethu Community Project engaged with pupils from Msilinga Primary School and Copesville High School during the Child Protection Campaign that was held on Wednesday, 22 May 2019 at the Ezinketheni community drop in centre. The campaign was aimed at raising awareness and supporting the National Child Protection Week (28 May to 4 June 2019) which is observed in South Africa annually to raise an awareness on the rights of children.
The Khayalethu Community Project Coordinator, Simphiwe Sithole said it is important and essential that children know their rights and are taught about safety and security measures that are in place for them. “As the month of May is known as the National Child Protection Month, it was important for the project to host such a campaign to educate the Msilinga Primary and Copesville High School pupils about their rights and safety and security measures for children,” said Sithole.
Children participated in a 20 minute walk around the community, making people aware about Children’s Rights with the aim to mobilise the society to take part in this campaign. Pietermaritzburg Theological Cluster also supported the campaign by making a donation of R3000 towards the meals for the day. “I learnt that you should not keep quiet when you are exposed and experiencing abuse. You must report your case to your teacher, social worker or the police,” said one the learners.