On Friday 02 June 2017 the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Olifantshoek, the De-partment of Social Development including SASSA and the Department of Health to-gether with local Councillor Mr Boitumelo Lekgadi visited Langeberg High School to inform learners about their safety and rights.
This initiative formed part of National Child Protection Awareness Week which ran from 29 May – 04 June 2017. The target group was learners from grade 8 and grade 9 at the school and the programme director and keynote speaker, Lieutenant Motsem-me – the social worker from the SANDF, informed the learners about different types of abuse that take place in our society and encouraged learners to report any form of abuse to the nearest police station.
Another speaker was Miss Naomi Nxopo
from the Department of Social Develop-ment who also informed the learners about their rights in terms of the constitution and said that all learners have the right to education and that no one must threaten or intimidate them to attend the school. She acknowledged the challenge experienced with some of the learners who do not attend classes, but rather sit in the mountain at the back of the school and others roam around in town during school hours.
Mrs Michelle Tata from SASSA informed learners about the importance of education. The learners were given the opportunity to ask questions to the guests speakers during the awareness session.
Olifantshoek SAPS was represented by Warrant Officer Deon Linnerts and Consta-ble Francois September.
The entertainment was provided by mem-bers of the SANDF in the form of riddle games in which the learners participated.
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