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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

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  • Traditional school punishments do not work – cultivating care and compassion is far better.
  • Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says the process of finalising the National Disability Rights Policy is at an advanced stage.
  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    "We owe children the most vulnerable citizens in society a life free from violence and fear." Nelson Mandela

    The ninth issue of the South African Child Gauge focuses on the theme of preventing violence against children by breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence.

    The launch will be co-hosted by the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town, UNICEF South Africa, the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD), in the Presidency, World Vision South Africa, the FNB Fund, and UCT's Safety and Violence Initiative. The Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, will deliver the keynote address.


    Date: Tuesday, 18 November 2014

    Venue: Protea Hotel Manor, 1050 Burnett Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

    Time: 15h30 for 16h00-17h00, followed by refreshments

    Speakers: Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development

                   Mr. Hervé Ludovic De Lys, Representative, UNICEF South Africa

                   Ms. Shanaaz Mathews, Director, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town

                   Mr. Mbuyiselo Botha, Media and Advocacy Specialist, Sonke Gender Justice     


    Seats are limited, please click here to register your attendence.

    For queries, contact [email protected] or call (021) 650 1473

  • A judge, in an unusual move, appointed an advocate to represent an alleged child rape victim to enable the child’s voice to be heard.
  • Tuesday, November 4, 2014

    Ian Goldman, Head of Evaluation and Research in DPME will provide an update on the status with the National Evaluation System, some emerging findings, and also first thoughts on DPME’s role in relation to research. Click here for more details.

  • The foster care system is reaching less than a third of orphans
  • The Protection Of Personal Information Act (POPI) has businesses in a bit of a spin.
  • Children's Institute is launching their annual review 'Child Gauge 2014' of the situation of South Africa’s children which will be released on 18 November.
  • Monday, November 3, 2014

    Warm, healthy relationships between parents and children are fundamental to national development, and violence reduction. Evidence suggests that some of the worst health and social problems in our country are associated with harmful experiences in childhood. Education is also critical to enable children to overcome poverty. Children must develop cognitive skills to succeed at school. Studies show that young children who share books with their parents or caregivers adapt to school much quicker than children who don’t; they also learn much faster, and generally do better at school.Two programmes tested in South Africa have been shown to strengthen the healthy bonds between infants and their mothers; and to stimulate cognitive development. At this seminar, Professors Lynne Murray and Peter Cooper, members of the teams that developed these programmes, will explain more about how and why these interventions work. Click here for more details.