October was not only the month of ReadySetGo training, it was also the month of the Rights of the Child Conference.
Three of our Sinani team members went to a three-day conference, hosted by Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) and the Department of Social Development (DSD). From Tuesday to Friday many presentations and workshops were given. Only those of direct influence on the children of Mpumalanga were in attendance. It was an honor for Sinani to be invited and to attend this special time, where we learned more about children’s rights. The focus of the conference was on unaccompanied and separated migrant children.
Many of Sinani’s communities are home to undocumented children. It is hard for them to participate in life, attend school and later gain employment. Parents of these children are often irregular migrants and unable to apply for a grant. Learning more about the various rights people (especially children) have, was of big help to broadening our understanding.
A guest speaker from the UNHCR (United Nations Refugee Agency) spoke to us about human trafficking and our host informed us about the different laws that apply especially to children, on an international, regional and national level. It was a full three days with so much information to absorb and then incorporate into our work. We are excited to share the knowledge we have gained with our communities.