MOTETEMA – Sekhukhune District Municipality’s (SDM) Special Programmes Unit recently celebrated Children’s Day at Nadi Drop-in Centre in Motetema.
According to the district municipality the celebrations were as per mandate of the aforementioned office to ensure that rights of children are realised and promoted accordingly.
The celebrations also served to conscientise communities about the rights of children and that it is the responsibility of parents and the entire society to ensure safety of children.
The district municipality said it identified the Nadi Drop-in Centre which is a place for 120 children aged between five and 18 years of age as suitable for this year’s Children’s Day celebrations. The centre is temporarily housed in a church until such time when a proper structure has been erected.
The centre is in the custodianship of the Department of Social Development with six volunteers currently responsible for the its smooth running.
Children at the centre receive food, donated by various businesses, on a daily basis at the centre registered with the Department of Social Development but yet not receiving any funding for its sustenance.
Universally, Children’s Day is celebrated on 20th November annually. This day was chosen as a day to celebrate childhood. Prior to 1959, Children’s Day was universally celebrated in the month of October. This was first celebrated in the year 1954 as decided by the UN General Assembly. Basically, this day was instituted with the sole aim of promoting communal exchange and understanding among children as well as to bring about beneficiary action to promote the welfare of children all over the globe.
Stan Ramaila, SDM Executive Mayor, said as government of Sekhukhune district they were working together with the department of Social Development to better take care of children in various communities.
Ramaila said that through the Department of Social Development children centres like Nadi Drop-in centre ought to be supported to be safe places for children.
“To those in this community and across all our villages in Sekhukhune district that are mistreating and abusing our children, we want to say to you, stop it! Stop abusing our children. We call upon police to help us to stop this barbaric act and help protect our children. We also call upon the justice system of the country to be harsher on those that mistreat and abuse our children,” concluded Ramaila.