In the words of the United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: “The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.”

On Universal Children’s Day, 20 November 2015, Ndalo Media and Unicef South Africa launched their new partnership and announced the insights contained in the 2015 Child Equity Report, For Every Child A Fair Chance.

Musical genius and Unicef celebrity advocate Zakes Bantwini, also the MC on the day, stressed how vital it is for successful people to mentor children from disadvantaged backgrounds if we are to end the cycle of poverty.

Unicef SA representative Hervé Ludovic de Lys said the 2015 Child Equity Report, For Every Child A Fair Chance, should encourage everyone to give every child, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, a fair chance in life. “Our role as Unicef SA is to help people to not only rise from poverty, but out of despair as well,” he said.

Explaining the importance of working with Unicef SA, Ndalo Media founder and CEO Khanyi Dhlomo said this was a fitting partnership, as both organisations believe in empowering society.

“Ndalo Media was created with the precise intention of empowering society with the type of platforms that positively impact lives. We do this by promoting a culture of envisioning the future – a practice that empowers one to change the narrative of their own life and that of greater society. When our children and youth have an opportunity to see themselves in the leaders that we celebrate through our platforms, they become encouraged to fulfill their own destinies,” she explained.

Tshedi Mholo of Malaika fame, also a Unicef celebrity advocate, closed off the ceremony with a fitting Malaika hit titled Destiny.

 

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