South Africa outdone Egypt with a 1-0 lead on Tuesday night to clinch the Nelson Mandela Challenge title.
The ball found the back of the net early in the first half of the game when Mandla Masango served up a terrific cross that Mpho Makola headed home at the far post for a 1-0 lead.
The host were able to maintain and defend their lead throughout the match securing their win.
“It is not our diversity which divides us; it is not our ethnicity or religion or culture that divides us. Since we have achieved our freedom, there can only be one division amongst us; between those who cherish democracy and those who do not.”- Nelson Mandela #MyHeritage
The 2016 edition of the Nelson Mandela Challenge (NMC) between Bafana Bafana and Egypt will be used as a platform to highlight the intervention programmes of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (Fund) as contained in the new five year strategy.
Child Safety and Protection in Schools is one of the intervention programmes informed by a comprehensive research on the state of children in South Africa.
The recent allegations of racism at Pretoria Girls High School are a chilling reminder of an undesirable society we live in; and it has brought to sharp focus the importance of safety in schools.
The school stands accused of subjecting African learners to discriminatory practices, it is widely reported that girls are forced to straighten their hair and are barred from speaking their mother tongue in school in the name of norms and standards. It has since emerged that similar practices are exercised.
The Fund welcomes the intervention by government through the office of the MEC for Education in Gauteng to investigate the matter thoroughly.
While the investigation is underway, the Fund views this matter as a gross violation of human rights and a serious infringement on the rights of children. The Fund’s latest research indicates a myriad of abuses in schools including bullying, corporal punishment and sexual violence.
Youth Leadership is another intervention programme in the new strategy; it is a platform for young people to lead dialogues through think tanks on issues affecting them like the Pretoria Girls High controversy.
Dialogues within the think tanks will focus on civic participation, human rights (Child focus), entrepreneurship and ethical leadership.
The Fund will continue changing the way society treats its children and youth.
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