In 2005 Nedbank joined forces with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund to realise Nelson Mandela’s dream of giving South Africa’s children the best chance at a future. Today we continue his legacy with the Nedbank Children’s Affinity as we work to vaccinate as many children as possible, so we can tackle the child mortality crisis in our nation. The first 1000 days of a child’s life is the most critical health issue because of the lack of immunisation, access of mothers to healthcare facilities and children to medical health care. You can help South Africa achieve a bright future by joining the #VaxTheNation movement. Help Nedbank support the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund at no cost to you and stand a chance to win double tickets to the Global Citizen Festival on the 2nd December 2018. Find out how
Date: Saturday 27 October
Time: 10h00 to 18h00
Venue: Nirox Sculpture Park – Cradle of the Humankind
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September marks the annual Heritage Month in South Africa. The theme for this year’s Heritage Month is ‘Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage’.
Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory.
The Liberation Heritage of South Africa is characterised by peoples’ identification with particular spaces and places shaped by historical events and collective memory.
We were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Mr Kofi Annan – and we join the world in mourning the loss of a giant.
Most notably known for his tenure as Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997 – 2006), Mr Annan was a lifelong advocate for the rights of all people. Having won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, and later working through the Kofi Annan Foundation to mobilise political will to overcome threats to peace, development and human rights, Mr Annan’s commitment to a better world was unwavering.
Mr Annan’s belief in the power of education was encapsulated when he said: “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
He recognised the magnitude of the youth population in the world, particularly Africa, and the far-reaching impact limitations on this youth would have on the future of the world.
As a diplomat Mr Annan took his commitment to public service very seriously, and his membership as one of The Elders (another organisation that he also chaired), allowed for collaboration in many regards, for example his work with Ms Graça Machel (Chairperson of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, and Trustee of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund) on youth and child activism.
We were honoured when as recently as this past July, Mr Annan joined other Elders in planting trees in Johannesburg in commemoration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary.
He believed in the ability for humanity to overcome all obstacles – particularly those that arose because of lacking. He may have passed on, but, through his foundation, leaves with us the commitment to “fight towards a fairer, more just world”. May we all join the fight.
Released on behalf of Trustees of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
11 July 2018
2018 Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund & Parliament Youth Summit: Part 1
2018 Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund & Parliament Youth Summit: Part 2
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (The Fund) is extremely concerned about the heightened violence against children that has been sweeping our country. This goes beyond our children as incidents of violence and abuse against women has also been the order of the daily news reports.
South Africa has a life threatening epidemic of femicides as women are becoming an endangered species on a daily basis. Statistics show that South Africa’s femicide rate is 5times more than the global rate and at least half of these women die at the hands of their intimate partners.
The recent incident was yesterday where it is alleged that a woman was dragged from a taxi by her lover and shot to death. See story below:
Children’s Safety – A priority for All
As the country observes Child Protection Week, it is concerning that; we are currently experiencing high incidences of abuse in schools.
The school is supposed to be a safe place where children are protected and natured.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (The Fund) is extremely concerned about the incident that was reported in the Sowetan newspaper (29 May 2018) where it is alleged that juvenile inmates were invited by teachers at Tshepagalang Secondary School in Brits, to motivate the pupils against drug abuse.
Instead of the intended motivational talks, it is further alleged that children were locked in the school premises and beaten up by the inmates. This extremely bizarre action presents many question and bring back the issue of treatment of children who are in conflict with the law who are called ‘juveniles’ to whom the state has a duty of care, but in this case were used as scare-crows for so-called ill-behaved pupils.
The Fund will be following this matter up to ensure that duty bearers are held accountable for failure to provide a safe learning environment.
Until the children are safe from abuse, bullying, hunger and system failure, we will continue to stand and fight for their Rights by upholding our founder’s vision of Changing the Way Society Treats It’s Children and Youth.
Link to original reported story: https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-05-29-hell-breaks-loose-as-inmates-attack-pupils/
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in partnership with the Department of Tourism will be hosting Youth Summit in Cape Town, 9-13 July 2018 under the theme: “A Mandela in Every Generation”.
The Youth Summit will create a unique opportunity for children and youth to have their voices heard on matters that affects them. Furthermore provide a platform for children and youth to engage with different institutions such as Chapter 9 Institutions, business, political leaders and other leaders from the society.
In addition the 2018 Youth Summit will also acknowledge 100 Young Thought Leaders who were nurtured by the Fund since 2002. These are young people who have participated in Efeng Bacha, Children’s Parliament and other various programmes of the Fund. The outgoing Efeng Bacha Youth Advisory Board members will pass on the leadership baton to Young Thought Leaders who will be launched at the summit to take over the discussion of leadership forward. The acknowledgement of the 100 young leaders will be celebrated at summit Evening Gala Dinner.
As part of the 2018 Centenary Celebrations, the Fund it will co-host the 2018 Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund Youth Summit in partnership with the National Department of Tourism and Human Right Commission of South Africa.
The partnership with the National Department of Tourism creates an opportunity for exposing children and youth historical footprints on the life of Mr. Mandela Footprints. The children and youth will visit heritage sites which has significance in Mr. Mandela’s life journey as part of promoting domestic tourism amongst children and youth. Tourism contributes to the social fibre and interlinking of different communities across the country.
Objectives of the Summit
27 April 2018 - Freedom day
The Orlando East Community, Religious and Senior Citizen‘s groups in Collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, REPSSI, June 16 Youth Development Foundation, and The Human Rights Commission, will be hosting a conversation under the theme:
“MAKING OUR COMMUNITY SAFER FOR CHILDREN”
The purpose of the conversation is to generate ideas to building communities, and households that care for, protect and nurture children and young people. Guest Speakers attending the event will included; the Human Rights Commissioner - Angie Makwetla and the CEO – Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Sibongile Mkhabela, etc.
The event will highlight the plight of South African children with special reference to the such tragic incident occurred at A.B. Xuma Primary School in Orlando East, Soweto where 87 pupils were allegedly sexually assaulted by a School Security Guard.
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