Children should be held in the highest esteem and be allowed to grow in a secure environment, delegates at the three-day provincial children’s summit heard on Thursday.
“Our children are priceless and nothing can replace them. Our children should be held in the highest esteem because they are a gift of life from God. They are very dear to us that we should cherish, love and allow them to grow in a secure environment,” Executive Mayor of Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District municipality Boitumelo Mahlangu told more than 200 delegates who attended a three day children’s summit in Matlosana.
In prepared speech she delivered on behalf of Acting MEC for Social Development Fenny Gaolaolwe, Mahlangu said parents should discuss issues ranging from abuse, rape, child trafficking before they fall prey of the perpetrators.
“We call on all government departments, municipalities and entities represented here to work in partnership with the department of social development to develop a comprehensive and implementable programme of action aimed at promoting the rights of children,” Mohlangu said to the applause of delegates.
The three-day summit will cover aspects such as child survival and development, care and protection of children, social security, poverty, housing, road safety, water and sanitation services.
Meanwhile Head of Department Dikeledi Mothobi said 72 children from various schools, organisations and children’s homes that receive funding from department of social development will have a say in the programme of action to be crafted by all delegates.