Children to meet Minister responsible for children

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pretoria - Children around the country will have an opportunity to share their views on poverty eradication, child mortality and access to education, when they meet the minister responsible for children on Saturday.

The new Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, and North West Premier, Maureen Modiselle, will lead a National Children's Day to be held in Rustenburg's Civic Centre.

The day is observed on the first Saturday of November and aims to raise awareness about children's rights and to encourage society to improve the quality of their lives.

It aims to highlight progress being made towards the realization and promotion of rights of children.

The Ministry for Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities has realised the importance of communicating directly with children with an aim to create a better understanding of children's views and perspectives on various issues affecting them.

The responsibilities of children as members of a family, school and broader community and as future leaders are also important.

This year it is celebrated under the theme "Act for the Survival of all Children", which focuses on the key interventions by various players that enhance conditions that encourage child survival.

On Saturday, Xingwana and Modiselle will visit and interact with indigent children in the farming community of Naaupoort outside Rustenburg with an aim to establish challenges facing children from farming communities and enable government to respond to these challenges.