Monday 2 December 2019
Limpopo’s government has hailed Save the Children South Africa’s (SCSA) work in the province. Representatives from the provincial government, were speaking at SCSA’s centenary celebration last week.
“Since our friendship started in 2016, we have seen a difference in the lives of ordinary people, especially in the Capricorn district. Our ECDs are more than informed and equipped with child health and nutrition strategies. Practitioners are well informed on how infants and young children should be handled,” says Daddy Matthews from the Provincial Department of Health.
Winnie Mailula, from the office of the Premier, echoes Matthews’ sentiments.
“There are two projects that particularly speak to my heart, it’s the Youth Engagement and Socio-Economic Empowerment Project and the health and nutrition one. I have seen many lives being changed at our ECDs. Mothers are now obsessed with breastfeeding,” says Mailula.
Mohau Maleka, a 15-year-old, has recommended that SCSA sends social workers to schools to help deal with the effects of violence that occurs on school premises.
“In our schools there is bullying which is done by both the children and teachers. Some children end up being traumatized and afraid to come to school. Also, we think that the South African Police Service should conduct regular searches at schools, because some learners carry weapons,” says Maleka.
Over 2000 incidents have been reported in Limpopo’s schools this year.
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