Separate planning, lack of coordination and disintegration will always hinder the delivery of services meant to develop children, Acting MEC for Social Development Fenny Gaolaolwe told delegates at a three day children’s summit held in Matlosana on Saturday.
“We call on all government departments, municipalities and entities represented in this summit to work in partnership with the Department of Social Development so that we implement a programme of action that we have developed over the past three days here,” Gaolaolwe said adding that the deliverables cited by children would guide the development of performance plans of various government departments in the new financial year.
Stakeholders, Gaolaolwe said should work tirelessly to provide effective services and mobilise all the necessary resources to develop children if they are to have good future leaders.
Seventy-two children from various organisations, homes and schools across the province called for permanent banning of alcohol citing that many social ills are exacerbated by the misuse of alcohol and other related substances.
They said the liquor board should monitor taverns and bottle stores to ensure that children do not buy alcohol especially in villages.
Reflecting on the summit, Mbali Mzuzwane 17, from John Frylinck Secondary school in Vryburg said, “It changed my mind completely”. “I used to think that the provincial government does nothing for the children. The summit gave me new perspective on how society needs to care for children,” she said, adding that her wish was to see this programme extended to more children at various schools.
“Informative, innovative and how it showed latent leadership qualities among the children”’, is the impression the summit left on the mind of Sipho Nkabinde, 17 from Milner High School in Klerksdorp. I did not pay much attention of what our rights are as children but the summit opened my eyes. “I will not keep this experience to myself. I will share with my fellow schoolmates, friends and communities” added Nkabinde.
Gaolaolwe said representatives of government departments, municipalities and SOEs will undertake roadshows to educate children about their services in various schools.