Mathapelo Skosana* interviewa Karabo Ngidi of the Centre for Child Law, a participant at the NGO Fair.
The Centre for Child Law is based at the University of Pretoria and was established in 1998. The Centre currently has four staff members and it’s main aims are to ensure that children’s rights are implemented and provide training to litigate these rights.
The organisation also assists with children’s access to grants and to attend school. “The organisation was formed because there was a need to make a difference in the laws of children,” says staff member Karabo Ngidi. “Every day we deal with court cases which violate or abuse children’s rights. We need to hold the government accountable,” she adds.
Karabo however notes that the organisation sometimes faces difficulties ensuring that children’s rights in South Africa are realised. “We constantly need to follow-up on children’s law cases to monitor the progress being made for children,” says Karabo.