“When you educate a child, you educate the future” – Allen Grootboom . By child(ren) I refer to human beings aged between 3 and 15 years who are still dependent on parents or guardians. Although the year 2015 is target for achieving the goals, there are still wide ranging factors that infringe on children’s rights such as basic education, HIV, water shortage, mortality, poor sanitation, child labour and a lack of immunization as well as outright poverty. In all these global issues which include conflict of every nature, the children suffer most.
We call them cute, they giggle uncontrollably, they believe in dragons, spaceships and that they have imaginary friends, of-course I’m talking about children. We all know one, maybe even have one, or if not, have all been one ourselves. The common ground we all share across the political spectrum is the need to protect the rights of children.
Dit is met n swaar gemoed dat ek vandag deelneem aan die debat van 16 dae van aktivisme vir geen geweld teen vroue en kinders. As die ANC beheerde regering nie eers n basiese diens soos water toevoer na die hoofstad van die provinsie op n konstante basis kan lewer nie en duidelik sukkel om pype en pompe te instaleer en in stand te hou , dan is daar definitief nie die kapasiteit om n komplekse probleem soos geweld teen vroue en kinders aan te spreek nie.