The George Community Development department at George Municipality highlighted Child Protection Week from 29 May to 3 June 2022 by holding information/awareness sessions on the topic at different creches in the municipal area.
The flyer that was distributed for the children at the creches. Please cut out, print or write down these numbers and put it up in your house where you or your child can see it in case of an emergency.
Rosemarie Mehlo, social auxiliary worker from Community Development at George Municipality, visited different creches and spoke to the children about safety and specifically focusing on their own personal safety. Special emphasis was also placed on making the children aware of dangers lurking around them, whether it be inside their houses or outside.
The children were also informed of safety measures to follow should they find themselves in dangerous situations as well as who to tell or call when and if they are finding themselves in harmful situations.
During these sessions, the pre-school learners received an information pamphlet with important emergency numbers on as well as a small surprise, including sweets. Mehlo explains to them on their level the importance of seeking help when they feel they are in danger and advises the teachers to use rhymes and songs to teach the emergency numbers to the children.
The awareness sessions took place at the following Early Childhood Development Centres: Siyazama, Masizakhe, Zamuxolo, Sandanezwe, Nonzame, Nikiwe, Illingelethu, Mzomhle, Rosedale Educare, Lawaaikamp, Sonneblomland, Golden Valley. Rosedale Nursery, Klouter Kabouter, Kwakhanya, Isiseko Chris Nissen and Mina Moo, Kleinkrantz Creche and Sonneblom creche in Touwsranten. The creches are situated across the Municipal jurisdiction. Approximately 816 learners were reached through these sessions.