Advocacy and Prevention
Children’s Rights are in alienable however we teach rights in context of Children’s Responsibilities.
Initially, we found that children were using their Rights as weapons against parental authority and as a response KTD196 taught Children’s Rights in context (with their responsibilities) with the children and their parents. Our approach looks at upholding and ensuring Children’s Rights are realised by the child themselves, and through their parents and eventually their communities.
We do this through the following activities:
Information and awareness training regarding Children’s Rights and Responsibility Training which is mainstreamed throughout all our training for children and adults.
Our activities are Rights Based, for example:
- Each Scout group has a Court of Honour which means the children are self-governing and actively participate in the running of their own program (Right to participate and freedom of expression)
- KTD196 is inclusive (Right to non-discrimination)
- We act in the best interest of the child (Right to Best interest of the child)
- We promote development and survival rights (Right to Survival and Development)
- Assistance with the acquisition of legal documents (Right to a name and nationality)
- Appropriate referrals for food parcels, establishment of home gardens (Right to food)
- Appropriate referrals for families or children to Municipality for shelter (Right to shelter)
- Facilitate Extramural activities – Scouts (Right to play)
Training parents in Children’s Rights and Responsibilities so they are aware of their responsibilities as Duty Bearers this approach is improving communication and family life in their own homes Training of Induna’s (Headmen) in Children’s Right’s and Child Participation activities to assist the local authorities to listen to children and see children as the answer to the problem and not the problem
Each year we run various campaigns to raise awareness on different issues, for example:
2022 – Promoting Children’s participation particularly leadership through our Colour Fun Run “Building Tomorrow Today!” campaign
2021 – The Annual Challenge was linked to the Millennium Development Goals:
SDG Goal #5 Gender Equality – Diversity Awareness Badges.
SDG Goal# 13 Climate Action – Climate change and saving energy
SDG Goal #14 Life below water – Learning about creatures that live below water and how can people affect their lives environment
SDG Goal# 15 Life on land – Learning to take care of the Land (recycling, preventing soil erosion)
Food 4 Life
2020 – Covid prevention for the communities. The theme this year was to expose the children to different Millennium Development Goals and so the following goals were addressed through the program.
SDG Goal #3: Life Below Water – learnt about creatures that live below the water and the impact people have on this very fragile environment.
SDG Goal #5 Gender Equality – learnt about diversity and inclusion; gender stereotypes and roles. Equality and empowering of all women and girls: scouts learnt about child marriage and the importance of saying NO. Raising of our voices against Gender Based Violence and harassment and also earning the Diversity Awareness challenge badge
SDG Goal #13 Climate Change – learnt about the causes of climate change, the impact of climate change and what they can do to slow climate change for example using different sources of energy, saving energy and energy audits.
SDG Goal #15 Life on Land – Sustainable use of the various ecosystems: scouts planted trees that bear fruit in their home and also researched on local bird or animal life.
Food 4 Life
2019 – We focused on Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Based Violence. Although our children are considered impoverished and coming from an impoverished area the children learnt about the impact of poverty. The scouts particularly realized that they are not that poor and that it is a mentality they have, now they are thinking about ideas they can do to help children in extreme poverty including fundraising as troops in order to help other children. · Gender Based Violence is fast becoming the most dangerous and prolific crime in South Africa. KTD196 held a Colour Run and toy-toyed through the streets of Burgersdorp with 350 children and parents demanding an end to violence.
2018 – Was a year of raising awareness around Recycling, Reusing and Repurposing which built on previous year’s knowledge regarding climate change.
2017 – Anti bullying campaign was rolled out through Scouts South Africa at the request of KTD196. This program has taught children not only how to prevent being bullied but how to stop others from being bullied. The social climate in schools is becoming increasing adversarial, children are struggling because of threats of violence and robbery. Gangsterism is fast becoming the norm and so programs like ours are ever increasingly essential.
2017- also saw KTD196 celebrating its 10years anniversary. 10years of service to Greater Tzaneen Municipality specifically and Limpopo Province generally. Nearly 600 children came to celebrate at Nkowankowa Stadium for the day and take part in a variety of activities including: games, awards ceremonies, the Mopani Fire Brigade cooled us all down, ER24 presented a mock retrieval while Letaba Game Lodge had wild animals walking around.
2016 – Keep The Dream196 implemented the Scouts South Africa program in Limpopo Province and as such we celebrated 100yrs of Cubbing. As part of the Awareness Raising Keep The Dream196 was involved in the Annual Challenge which was celebrating Cubbing in Limpopo.
2015 – We raised awareness regarding Environmental Education which included a variety of subjects from: biodiversity, pollution, climate change, alternative fuel sources, and electricity audits to name a few.
2014 – We focused on Children’s Rights and Responsibilities for a whole year training 2,692 children. Their parents learnt about the importance of Children’s Rights and the role of parents as duty bearers. Environmental Education Campaign. The children learnt about climate change, bio diversity, and alternative fuel sources such as solar and wind power.
- 2013 we focussed on Children’s Rights. The Scouts taught the cubs, the Rovers taught the Scouts and a lot of fun was had by all.
- 2011-12 Climate Change Campaign and Food For Life Campaign
- 2011 Some of our children participated in the Yezingane Network cell phone project which gathered information from children about HIV/AIDS & TB (tuberculosis) to be incorporated into the National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS & TB for 2012-2016.
- 2010-11 Accessing Enabling Documents Campaign. The children were trained in the necessary documentation required to access Birth Certificates, ID documents etc., this information was taken to the community. Many more people accessed the documents and were able to claim the Social Grant.
- 2009-10 Anti-Human Trafficking Campaign. The children learnt about prevention of human trafficking. They leant a community participatory drama and performed this in their villages, they invited the audience to be a part of the drama and problem solve various situations.
- 2008 End Violence Against Children Campaign. This campaign we taught the children about what to do if they experience violence particularly in the home. We collected over 22,000 signatures of community members to demand the end of Violence against children. These petitions plus a march through each community was given to the Induna’s who then gave to Chiefs. The Chiefs then gave to the Mayor. Sadly, the mayor did nothing.