My Identity Document deepening my sense of Belonging

iVALUE Identity programme in support of “Schools Rights and Lights Campaign”, in partnership with La Voix de l’Enfant and Engie Foundation, is already enabling 2069 learners above 16 from 12 public high schools to get their Identity Document and become active citizens in Gauteng.

Currently, many school children above the age of 16 in South Africa still lack access to their vital life documents such as birth certificates, and Identity Document. As a result, our children lose their sense of identity and face tremendous difficulties when wanting to exercise their rights such as enrolment in schools, writing Matric examinations, right to vote and enjoy social benefits such as being able to purchase a cell phone, search and apply for employment and lead their lives. At Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School, the principal is grateful as she was used to have a tremendous drop out of learners just because they did not have access to this vital right to an Identity Document and some felt at risk as foreigners.

Since February, 240 of our Valued Citizens learners are leading their Valued Citizens Clubs in the 12 public high schools in Johannesburg East, Johannesburg North, and Tshwane South Districts engaging in Citizenship Dialogue Sessions, encouraging learners to carry their name with pride, developing access to justice for all and ensuring that every learner above 16 years old understand the importance of having an Identity Document to lead their lives.

Today, 126 have no birth certificate as South Africans and Foreigners, which put a high challenge in them getting access to the right to have an Identity Document.
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