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Children, the future leaders of this country

By: Ntsakisi Hlungwani

Limpopo Provincial Government celebrated National Children’s Day on the 05th November 2016 at Schoonoord Village under Sekhukhune District. The MEC for Social Development, Mme Joyce Mashamba addressed the communities on behalf of the Premier.

SOS children’s villages and Childline Limpopo were amongst the children’s organisations which attended the event. Children came in their numbers to celebrate their day and engaged in different activities. Parents and teachers also gathered in Peter Nchabeleng Hall to witness what transpired on the day.

National Children’s Day is celebrated every first Saturday of November every year. One of this day’s objectives is to create awareness and educate people about the plight of children and how to work with them. The Junior Premier or Child Ambassador, Selaelo Mahlo had a lot to say as she was encouraging other children about their rights and future. A 13 year old Mahlo said “Children have potential and can do amazing things if they believe in themselves.”

As she was addressing the children, the MEC touched on issues of children’s protection and education. “We are doing this because we know that access to good quality education will enable you to become responsible citizens when you grow up,” she said to the children. She continued to remind children how lucky they are to have a government which cares about them. “Some children around the world are not as lucky as you are to have parents and government that is committed to advancing your wellbeing” she said.

The MEC also spoke to parents and guardians gathered in the hall on issues of neglecting their children. “There is nothing as shameful as a parent who is forced by the law to take care of his own children” she said. She continued to say that child abuse is disgusting and must be reported. “All members of the society carry an obligation to report any act of child abuse or child neglect”, she said.

She concluded by saying that children have the potential but, potential is nothing without guidance and hard work. “It is for this reason that, as parents we must always be available to guide our children to ensure that their potential blossoms beyond imagination,” she concluded.