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Rights of the child

By Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate at the Human Rights Council

The SAHRC is an independent state institution established by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa  (Constitution) and operating within the framework of the Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (Paris Principles) adopted by UN General Assembly Resolution 48/134 in 1993.

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  • Global Child Forum Pretoria, 2015

Commissioner Mokate; Her Royal Highness Princess Sofia of Sweden and Prof Benyam Mezmur, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and Vice-Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Commissioner Janet Love talking at the Forum with CEO Lindiwe Khumalo and Research Associate Angela Kariuki looking on

South Africa hosted the Global Child Forum on 08 September 2015 in Pretoria. This marked the first time the Global Child Forum was held on the African continent. The Forum’s theme was Children and Business Rights in Southern Africa.

The Global Child Forum, which was initiated by the H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden, is an independent, multi-stakeholder initiative for informed dialogue and thought leadership on how to promote and protect children’s rights as envisaged in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Presentations at the Consultative Workshop on the Charter on Basic Education Rights

Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate's speech during the Consultative Workshop on the Charter on Basic Education Rights, Thursday 19 July 2012.

Commissioner Mokate is responsible for  Basic Education and Children Portfolio's

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Introduction - Greetings and observance of protocol Honourable Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga; Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education Hon Helen Malgas; Honourable Members of the Executive Councils for Education in the Provinces; Acting Deputy Country Representative UNICEF;

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Speech by Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga, at the Consultative Workshop on the Charteron Basic Education Rights, Thursday 19 July 2012.

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Chairperson; Commissioner for education and child rights, Ms Mokate Commissioners present; Colleagues and all guests, I’m thankful the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), in pursuance of its mandate of monitoring the right to basic education, has convened this important consultative workshop on the framework for monitoring basic education.

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Presentation by Mr Lorenzo Wakefield at the Consultative Workshop on the Charteron Basic Education Rights, Thursday 19 July 2012.

Mr Wakefield is a Researcher at Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape


The intersection between disadvantage and the provision for the right to basic education
Special focus on learners with disabilities
Lorenzo Wakefield

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Presentation by Ms Patricia Martin regarding the development of the Charter

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  • The right to education occupies centre stage on the international, regional and national agenda
  • The State –in all of its manifestations, right down to families and children themselves -has committed to promote, respect and realise the right to basic education
  • The SAHRC has prioritised contributing to realising national education goals through its mandate

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Since its establishment, the SAHRC has dedicated itself to:
•  Raising awareness;
•  Monitoring and assessment;
•  Education and training
•  Addressing human rights violations

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