Child Protection Week campaign against bullying ended with a bang at Overkruin High School, Wonderboom. It was an evening that made all who attended to pause, think and reflect. With a programme aimed at teaching children about their rights and how to protect themselves against bullies, it also got to look into what we as society can do to aid in those campaigns. The safety of the children remains at the forefront for many South Africans including the Police and Social services amongst others.
Unlike any other Child Protection week we have had in the previous years, this one has been an important moment of vivid recollections of memorable reoccurring events of kidnappings, murder and abuse of children. Amidst all the chaos going on in this country with regards to children, CEO of Stratcol Hennie Heymans together with other sponsors took it upon their stride to ensure that the Child Protection Week campaign ends with a lot of energy, enthusiasm, positivity and success.
The Parent Info evening organised for parents in order to bridge the communication gap between themselves and their children and to encourage them to be more involved in their children’s lives. According to Hennie Heymans, Child Protection Week is commemorated not only to remember but also to measure how far we have come to achieving success in helping combat the bullying trend.
There is too much violence in the country and children get exposed to so much violence at an early age. Policies alone are not enough to take care of children, it’s a collective effort. It is hard to find justice for the bullied children because there isn’t a legal framework that outlines a path to deal with the bullies. Hennie Heymans believes that we must all do our part with utmost regard for the life of our children, because they are the most vulnerable and marginalised.
We give credence and gratitude to our many luminaries in their own right who played an important role in making Child Protection Week and the parent info evening a great success.
Children Learn What They Live
If a child lives with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive,
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves,
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
But do not despair…
If a child lives with tolerance, they learn to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If a child lives with praise, they learn to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness, they live with justice.
If a child lives with security, they live to have faith.
If a child lives with approval, they learn to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship.
they learn to find love in the world.
— Dorothy Law Nolte