We asked some of Club Members what child protection means to them and these are some of the responses that we received.
“Children want to feel like they belong and are safe with the people that are supposed to look after them.” – Aakila Abowath, 11 year old from Maraisburg
“A sense of belonging makes us feel like there is a community behind us. Sheltering us, protecting us. To keep us away from people who steal us, abuse us. To feel safe, someone that loves and cares about me and will protect me” – Ziyanda Dube, 12 year old from Maraisburg
Child Protection Week aims to mobilise society to act on the issues that children face daily, and to ensure that all children are taken care of and protected. Child protection is a huge issue across the globe, but in countries like South Africa where poverty looms so large it is very easy for our youth to slip through the cracks and be overlooked. Child Protection Week is taking place from 30 May – 6 June 2021.Unfortunately many children get taken advantage of by the people who are supposed to be protecting them and there is an urgent need to raise this issue. This year, we would like to highlight the P.A.N.T.S rule that we have been teaching our Club Members. We believe by equipping our Club Members with the knowledge of what is wrong, this may give them the courage to speak out and give room for intervention to take place.
Teaching our children that P.A.N.T.S RULE!
P- Private parts are private, no one is allowed to touch
A- Always remember that your body is yours and only yours
N- No means no, don’t give into pressure
T- There are no secrets to be kept from your parents
S- Say something so someone can do something about it.
There is no room to be complacent, the future generation needs us to act. We as BGCSA believe we need to stop predators and abusers from taking advantage of our children and youth and we can start by teaching them how to take care of themselves and be alert for predators.