The hillsides and trees have turned golden. The summer is over in South Africa. The winter is knocking on the door. This is a bit difficult to understand for us from up north – it is 19 degrees in the shade..
After a night in the capital Pretoria, and an important briefing from UNICEF South Africa in the UN headquarters, we are now heading to our destination.,Nelprui,t in the Mpumalanga state.
South Africa is a country experiencing rapid development. Still it has a great deal of challenges. It is on the top of the list when it comes to social and economic inequalities, HIV and AIDS prevalence and crime. About 60 % of the children live below the poverty line.
UNICEF works on many levels to secure the welfare and rights of children. In South Africa they have come far in being a trusted adviser and implementing partner to the national authorities.
The Soft Toy for Education campaign contributes to numerous schools in the area we are visiting. Not all schools in South Africa are suitable for children. “Child friendly schools” emphasize qualified teachers, nutritious food, good sanitation and a safe environment. Here children can be children.