Children need to be taught and told about their rights and responsibilities – with rights comes responsibilities!
• Care-givers, parents, step-parents and guardians should be taught and told about children’s rights.
• Teachers in schools should be taught and told about the CHILDREN’S ACT.
• The South African Police Service has to be taught and told about children’s rights and how to pick up the signs of abuse.
• Our Social Workers should be more empowered with dealing with children’s rights; it should not be only left to ‘CHILD PROTECTION WEEK’.
Everyone ought to know Childline Number 0800 055 555!
In any relationship, a partner has a right to confidently be able express their dislikes and likes without any fear of judgement, misinterpretation or being rejected for that. Love, respect, honouring the other, caring and remaining happy should be promoted at all times.
An individual’s spiritual or religious beliefs should not be imposed on children, siblings, families, communities or other spiritual or religious beliefs or non beliefs for our society to thrive – we need to accommodate, not judge and respect each other’s spiritual or religious beliefs or non beliefs for that matter!
o The Street Committee Leaders in our Communities,
o Our Social Workers and other civil society groups and activists, and
o Our nearest Police Station.
Honesty about the relationship and what you expect,
Being open about where we stand with each other on pertinent issues,
Communicating any likes and or dislikes confidently,
Choosing Love over Anger, and
Be there for each other TRUTHFULLY and ALWAYS!
Positive Relationships are characterised by maturity about what we want in that relationship, honesty, respect, caring, loyalty, positive affirmation of each other, loving each other and always striving for HAPPINESS, and not by being always right. If we make an effort to do all the things I have mentioned on a daily basis, we can go a long way in avoiding and doing away with distrust.
Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity.
Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.