The South African Human Rights Commission identified seven key strategic focus areas in order to effectively fulfil its mandate of promoting, protecting and monitoring the realisation of human rights in South Africa. Each of the Commission’s seven Commissioners are assigned a strategic focus area and Children’s Rights and Basic Education is one of the key strategic areas.
The Children’s Rights and Basic Education portfolio, under Commissioner Lindiwe Mokate, has a mandate to promote, protect and monitor the realisation of children’s rights, including the right to basic education. The work of the portfolio is informed by the mandate of the Commission which derives from the Constitution, relevant national legislation and applicable international and regional instruments.
The portfolio also benefits from the counsel of an Advisory Committee set up in terms of the applicable legislation. The Advisory Committee comprises of experts from different disciplines and institutions, who advise the Commission on matters and interventions relating to children’s rights. Such Advisory Committees provide critical input and expertise in the execution of the Commission’s mandate and guidance on strategic issues impacting on the work of the Commission from an external, independent and critical point of view.
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.
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.