The Annual Children’s Celebration is a child-centred occasion giving children an opportunity to celebrate Madiba’s birthday in a manner that most suits them. On this occasion, over the years, care is taken to ensure that children are the centre of focus with adults affording them the space to express themselves through song, poetry, debate and play.
Over the 21 years the Fund has been working tirelessly to change the way society treats its children and youth. On its 21st anniversary, the Fund wishes to reflect and showcase the proud life changing work it had done in the lives of children. This age normally signifies maturity in a person’s life and it’s celebrated by handing the new adult a key which symbolises ‘a key to the world’, in the case of the Fund this also signifies maturity and changing gears, which is why the Fund has is in the process of implementing a new strategy which is agile and more focused to better address issues relating to children.
Based on its priority focus areas, the Fund has identified three overarching themes for interventions; Child Survival and Development, Child Safety and Protection, and Youth Leadership.
- Child Survival & Development (First 1000 Days of a Child’s Life)Focuses primarily on reduction in Child Mortality, access to health care, and an improved and responsive care systems for children under 5years age.
- Child Safety & Protection (Safe Schools)It has its core focus on prevention of sexual violence, prevention of bullying, conviction of perpetrators, and creating safe spaces for children.
- Youth Leadership (Youth Think Tanks)
This focuses on youth leading in coming up with solutions to the challenges they face and youth as agents of change.
The Annual Children’s Celebration ranks as one of the Fund’s platforms to give children a voice, and this year’s The Children’s celebration is scheduled to take place on the 15 of July, from 09:00 until 14:00 at the Nelson Mandela Children’s offices, 21 Eastwold Way, corner Oxford Rd, Saxonwold.