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Oceanview resident empowers kids through chess

As gang violence and crime continues to plague various communities in Cape Town, an Ocean View resident has taken it upon himself to keep children off the streets by using the game of chess to impart life lessons. Ocean View resident Vasco Vigis explained that although he grew up in[…]

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71% of pupils not back at school go hungry

Its has been three months since the High Court in Pretoria ordered the department of basic education to reinstate the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) but children across the country are still going without food. In July, the court ordered the department to ensure all qualifying children got meals. But[…]

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World Suicide Prevention Day: Resources that help

September 10 marks World Suicide Prevention Day, and it is becoming increasingly important to look after one’s mental health. According to South African government statistics, up to 3000 people commit suicide on a daily basis. For each person who commits suicide, there are 20 people who have attempted it. The World[…]

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Experts unpack sexual violence amongst children

The Teddy Bear Clinic says it has assisted children as young as five that have instigated or orchestrated instances of sexual violence, having full awareness of the wrong they were about to commit. The clinic’s director, Dr Shaheda Omar, spoke to VOC’s Breakfast Beat show following the alleged gang rape[…]

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ANC, EFF support WHO’s stance on reopening of schools

Political parties have weighed in on the debate about the continued teaching and learning at South African schools amid a rapid rise of COVID-19 infections. The governing African National Congress (ANC) has echoed sentiments of the World Health Organisation (WHO) that schools should only be reopened in the context of[…]

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Children at higher risk online during lockdown: UNICEF

Children are at higher risk online during the Covid-19 pandemic due to an unprecedented rise in screen time, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners have revealed. “School closures and strict containment measures mean more and more families are relying on technology and digital solutions to keep children learning,[…]

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