PAN: Children

Welcome to the PAN:Children Portal. PAN:Children is an online knowledge-hub complemented by dialogue and capacity building activities. We seek to provide timely and up-to-date information on child rights and equity. A partnership between the HSRC and UNICEF, this platform aims to provide a consolidated digital repository on the situation of children in South Africa. Please see the “About Us” page for further information.

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Latest findings on how ‎children‬ are portrayed in the media from Media Monitoring Africa‪‬



These guidelines have been developed with the input of children and media professionals to assist journalists and media practitioners to produce better quality reporting on children, on the understanding that respecting children’s rights today will mean respect for all people’s rights in the future. Note the participation of South African advocacy group, Media Monitoring Africa, and that the guidelines are aimed at the media in Africa.

Pic from LSE/UNICEF & EU Kids Online conference

 What research should be conducted to understand how children’s rights are being enhanced or undermined in the digital age, especially on a global basis? What data gathering and analytical tools do researchers need, and how can these best be provided for different countries? The London School of Economics (LSE), UNICEF and EU Kids Online convened a global symposium to address such questions. Drawing on the participants’ expertise from many countries, the meeting sought to identify best practices that could contribute to a global child rights online research toolkit. The meeting aimed to support and encourage research for informing policies, programmes and services to ensure the rights of children in the digital age. All conference documentation and the final guidelines are available at the link above. 

This report from Human Rights Watch found that South Africa has failed to guarantee the right to education for many of the country’s children and young adults due to widespread discrimination against children with disabilities in enrollment decisions. Human Rights Watch research in five out of South Africa’s nine provinces showed that children with disabilities face discriminatory physical and attitudinal barriers, often beginning early in children’s lives when government officials classify them according to their disabilities. Human Rights Watch August 2015  

The DSD’s  Audit of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres, conducted in 2014, provides information on the nature and extent of ECD provisioning, services, resources and infrastructure across all nine provinces in respect of registered, conditionally registered and unregistered ECD sites.  The audit is particularly important from a policy perspective as it will serve as a baseline for future audits, inform the establishment of national benchmarks for the variables used, and will inform ECD infrastructure policy and planning. The audit report confirms that the bulk of unregistered centres are located in low income urban areas and that the biggest obstacle to their registration is their failure to comply with the onerous norms and standards prescribed by the Children’s Act. Go to this blog by Patricia Martin to get an interesting overview of the report.


On 14th August 2015, the Child Allowance Webinar Series will commence with a webinar dedicated to South Africa’s Child Support Grant. The webinar is supported by the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (the IPC-IG/UNDP) and UNICEF and hosted by The purpose of the Child Allowance Webinar Series is to present a variety of child allowance experiences including that of South Africa and Uruguay. Each country will have a dedicated webinar.

The webinar on Friday will showcase the experience of South Africa’s Child Support Grant. Alejandro Grinspun from UNICEF South Africa will moderate the event, which will be open to questions and comments from the audience – both during the webinar and in the weeks thereafter, as part of the platform’s online community. For further details about the platform and this specific CSG webinar, you should visit: and


In Jamaica, a rare long-term study of the effects of an early childhood development program shows that children’s lives can be improved by ensuring that they have the right stimulation and emotional support as babies and toddler. Nearly 20 years after poor mothers were shown how to play and interact with their children in ways that promote cognitive, physical, and emotional development, the gains were apparent. The relevant article, policy brief and poster can be downloaded above. PAN Children promotes the right to play, read the report from our seminar here

REMINDER of Youth Day seminar today at 12h30.

In the context of Youth Month this seminar asks how youth activism has changed over the past 39 years since the student uprising that began in Soweto in 1976 – over (ostensibly) the issue of the medium of instruction in schools for black youth. Today we ask youth activists from three universities in South Africa to reflect on their experiences on education and transformation. The call to transform South Africa’s academic institutions is on the rise country wide in the wake of the Rhodes Must Fall movement. The transformation agenda is engendering a new form of youth educational activism that is focusing on issues, inter alia, curriculum reform; demographic diversity within the academy; institutional culture and institutional naming. The seminar seeks to engage the voices of students on these and other pertinent issues related to education and transformation in post-apartheid South Africa.

South African integrated programme of action for early childhood development: Moving ahead (2013-2014-2016/17) was approved by the South African cabinet on 18 September 2013 with the recommendation that costing be concluded with National Treasury. Reference document for all working in ECD in the country.

This report is the second from Statistics SA which examines in detail various aspects of the situation faced by youth aged 15–34 years in the South African labour market. It is intended to enhance policy formulation and implementation as the country reflects on the role played by youth in the transition to democracy. The analysis is based on the first quarter results of the QLFS each year over the period 2008 to 2015.