South African children have the right to safe spaces
Join us on Human Rights Day to create art and play with the children from Johannesburg’s inner city.
On Tuesday, 21st March from 9:00-12:00, Lefika La Phodiso, Play Africa and Constitution Hill will partner with Fight with Insight, Probono and Skateistan to speak about Children’s Right to Safe Spaces. The event will take place at the iconic site of Constitution Hill in front of the court. Zinhle Mabena from Mzanzi Magic’s popular soap, Isibaya will also join us for the day’s activities.
While we join the country in celebrating Human Rights Day, we would like to specifically focus on Section 28 of the South African Constitution.
“Every child has the right to a name and a nationality from birth; to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment; to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services; to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation.”
– Section 28 of the South African Constitution
“Working with children from the inner city around the topic of human rights has often proved to be a hard task because so many of their basic rights are being violated,” says Phumzile Rakosa, Executive Director of Lefika La Phodiso. “Our mandate includes advocacy for the very beneficiaries we serve in our after school Open Studio art activities and Holiday Program.” Rakosa added that we need the partnership of the media and other organisations that work in the field to help us be loud about each child’s right to a safe environment. “This is why our partnership with Play Africa, Constitution Hill and the other organisations are vital,” explained Rakosa. “We need to work together to offer children access to safe spaces where creativity and optimal learning can take place.”
“In every community across our country, South Africa’s children need safe, inclusive, child-friendly spaces for play, imagination, exploration and discovery,” said Gretchen Wilson, CEO of Play Africa. “On Human Rights Day and every day, we champion every child’s right to safe environments where children can learn and develop through play. We’re proud to be part of this collective effort to champion children’s rights to safe, child-friendly spaces in our country.”
We invite media partners to bring your children, colleagues, friends and family to engage in different activities with our beneficiaries, the children of the inner city. Activities include painting, drawing, skating and playing in the Play Africa’s Imagination Playground.
“Our main activity will be creating an installation artwork with the theme ‘tree of rights’ with the input of all the children,” says Humbu Mamphiswana, safe spaces project coordinator at Lefika La Phodiso. “Through their art we offer children a safe way of communicating about their needs and rights.”