Education plays an incredibly vital role in the life of Missing Children South Africa, and for that reason we have developed an educational program called ‘Tips for Children’ and ‘Tips for Parents’, to promote Child Safety. The education is targeted to all the vulnerable and orphaned children, and children with disabilities.
The education is also shared with parents, guardians and the families who take care of these children. The education focuses on not only the dangers, but also the solutions with regards to what to do to keep children safe, and especially what not do.
The MCSA ‘Education 101' program will be taken to selected outlying/rural schools and inner-city schools, and will be posted across all MCSA's social media platforms, and reach in excess of 1 000 000+ children, teachers, their parents and guardians.
We plan to visit these schools, and educate the children, teachers and parents, in a road show format. We also have carefully designed tips, which will be posted on MCSA’s FB, Twitter and Instagram platforms. We currently have 153 813+ Followers and 155 372+ Likes on our Facebook Page alone and also have a Twitter and an Instagram platform - this excludes the individual networks of our board members, volunteers and other affiliates which makes for incredibly efficient, instant mass exposure. It is a great opportunity for you to show how much you care for the Safety and Well-Being of the most vulnerable children (and often forgotten) in South Africa.
Education, sustainable development and community engagement is truly the heart of Missing Children South Africa, and our MCSA ‘Education 101' program; 'Tips for Children’ and ‘Tips for Parents’ has saved many lives, and many children from going missing, since we launched the program on-line.
In our more than 10 years of experience we have identified that the major cause of children going missing in South Africa is an absolute lack of basic educational tips; for example that parents MUST not wait for 24 hours to report a child that has gone missing. This is a myth, and if a child is reported missing immediately, our chances of recovering that child in the first 'golden 2 - 3 hours' is far more successful.
Over the years, we have narrowed it down to the most important tips, for both children and parents/guardians. The education focuses on not only the dangers, but also the solutions with regards to what to do to keep children safe, and especially what not do. We believe that the next step is to take it to all the schools, and share these Tips.
Our aim with the funding is to physically reach 200 000+ children, their teachers and the parents/guardians with the road shows and 1 000 000+ via our social media platforms. The various costs to be covered are the design of the material, the printing of material, the social media spend and the road show costs (to physically get to the identified schools).