Posted: Jul 13, 2020
Protocol for the Management and Reporting of Sexual Abuse and Harassment in Schools
The reporting of sexual abuse and harassment perpetrated against learners, educators and school staff has to be managed effectively and efficiently by the Department of Basic Education (DBE). The sexual abuse and harassment of learners, specifically, contravenes international instruments that prohibit the use of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment towards children (Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 19481, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 19662, the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 19893, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights of 19864 and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child of 19905). Sexual abuse and harassment breaches learner’s fundamental rights to protection from all forms of abuse and respect for their human dignity as stipulated in section 28 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996)6. Notwithstanding the efforts of the South African government and the progress made in creating a legislative framework, acts of sexual abuse and harassment in schools continues to affect learners, educators and school staff. It is a well-known fact that these offences have dire consequences for victims and their families.
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Posted: Jan 24, 2019
“#EKSE! My Voice, My Safety” Overview of a social media initiative championed and owned by Youth
The main objective of “#EKSE! My Voice, My Safety” was to strengthen the effectiveness of YCPD structures by utilising the interest of young people in information and communication technology (ICT) and social media to promote the work of the YCPD, generate dialogue between the youth and government and develop their skills in using new technology. The innovative use of social media platforms and a broadened access to information through ICT (e.g. smart phones) showcased great potential to enhance the participation of the youth in democratic processes.
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Posted: Jan 24, 2019
This handbook provides everyone committed to ending violence against children with the best possible information on how to implement INSPIRE. The more we work together to implement the interventions described within it, and to measure the effectiveness of new interventions, the greater the number of children that will enjoy lives free from violence. We urge all of you to implement as many of the interventions as resources will allow, and to do so without delay. Let us act now, act wisely and act together.
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Posted: Jan 24, 2019
#EKSE! My Voice, My Safety is a joint initiative supported by the Gauteng Department of Community Safety, the South African Police Service, Youth Crime Prevention Desk, Community Police Forum and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH. “This project assists with the ease of communication with and amongst the Youth in Gauteng on Crime and Safety challenges that they are faced with on a daily basis.” Mothibi Mohomane, Youth Safety Manager, Gauteng Department of Community Safety “#EKSE! is the dawn of new possibilities, brought about by the capacity to effectively communicate through new technology mediums and provides platform for much needed dialogue in communities.” Jeff Mohlele, Chairperson Gauteng Youth Crime Prevention Desk “It is a youth initiative that sensitises every young person to take part in the creation of safer spaces.” Colonel Ramahuma, Partnership and Social Crime Prevention Liaison, Gauteng SAPS “An initiative which empowers the youth through new media and provides a voice for them to become active agents of change in
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the communities, engage in open discussions and find solutions to issues affecting them.” Joan Moeketsi, Advisor Violence and Crime Prevention Programme, GIZ
Posted: Mar 13, 2018
IT TAKES CHILDREN LIFTING THE VOICES OF YOUNG LEADERS
This report was photographed and written by 21 children and young people, aged 13 to 18, who are part of the World Vision Young Leaders project, which aims to equip and empower them to engage in actions to end violence. I have had the privilege of working with these children and young people from countries throughout Asia, Africa, South America and Europe. I have watched them create a global network where they communicate, share their own experiences and the experiences of other children in their countries, and together try to find solutions to the problems that affect them, especially those related to violence. They write blogs, represent their peers at high-level debates, and speak in the name of all the children who do not have a voice.
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World Vision. (2017) IT TAKES CHILDREN: LIFTING THE VOICES OF YOUNG LEADERS. Available at: https://www.wvi.org/sites/default/files/FINAL-WV-Photo-Advocacy-Report-2017-10-31-E-book.pdf