Concerns over the rights and welfare of children in schools have been raised by teachers, highlighting the urgent need for enhanced support and safeguarding measures. This call was made at a child rights and safeguarding awareness conducted by Ungweru organisation in the schools of Kabindula, Kavitukutu, kapenga and Manyamula

Teachers have voiced concerns regarding the insufficient support provided to learners in terms of learning materials. Many students reportedly come to school without essential supplies, hindering their educational progress. This shortage underscores the importance of ensuring that all children have access to the necessary tools for learning.

Parents have been urged to play a more active role in supporting their children’s education by providing them with necessary learning materials and contributing to school funds. This comes as most parents trek to South Africa for opportunities leaving their children in the hands of their grandparents who are old and cannot properly support them The collaboration between parents and schools is seen as crucial in fostering a conducive learning environment for students.

A joint effort between parents and teachers has been emphasized in identifying and reporting cases of child abuse. Both parties are encouraged to remain vigilant and promptly report any signs of abuse to the appropriate authorities, such as the social welfare office or the police, to ensure immediate action is taken to protect the children involved.

Students have been educated on referral mechanisms for various forms of abuse, particularly focusing on cases of rape. Empowering children with knowledge of where to seek help and support in such distressing situations is essential in ensuring their safety and well-being.

Another critical aspect of the activity was educating learners about their rights and responsibilities. By understanding their rights, children can advocate for themselves and seek assistance when needed, contributing to the creation of a safer and more supportive school environment.

To ensure their understanding as the awareness was being delivered by Ungweru and the Social welfare officers, learners were encouraged to ask questions. Key on the questions was protection of the identity of the person reporting and making sure that reported cases are followed. Social welfare officers repeatedly said that the people reporting such cases will always remain anonymous

Efforts to address these concerns underscore the commitment of stakeholders in Manyamula, Kavitukutu, Kabindula, and Kapenga to prioritize the well-being and rights of children in educational settings. By working together, communities can ensure that all children have the opportunity to thrive and receive the support they need to reach their full potential.