JCT started working with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in 2003. Officials in this Ministry were sensitised on child rights. Teachers were then trained on the same subject. The trained teachers have been working with JCT to train children in schools. These trained teachers and children have spearheaded the formation of JCT Clubs in schools. The teachers are Patrons of such clubs. The clubs have an important forum to for children to educate each other on children’s rights and responsibilities and they have paved way for children to participate in issues affecting them, starting with the school, community and going up to the national level. Children from JCT Clubs have often been selected into the Child Parliament and they have interacted with senior MP’s and other government officials. You can start a JCT Club today at your school and use it to empower the children on their rights and responsibilities.
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“Jail is not a place to live in… I will never do that again, all I want is to take care of my baby in a conducive environment. I was already picturing myself in jail but the JCT lawyer proved me wrong, I am free now” said Mary , a 16 year old who was happy to be released from Khami Prison to Sandra Jones Centre after being convicted for neglecting a child.
“I am afraid, Luba lied and said I was there yet I was not even there. What if I’m convicted for an offence I never committed” said 15 year old Chiedza in tears before the trial kicked off.
“I am happy my child is free now, I was worried she was going to have a criminal record at a very young age. I was even worried as to how she was going to present her case in court because she is just a child and is very scared. The JCT Lawyer gave me hope and she represented my child. I’m glad she was found not guilty and acquitted” said Chiedza’s mother.
“I do not want to go back home, I am happy here. Thank you”, said 7 year Rufaro who was all smiles and had already made new friends at Khayelihle Children’s Home after JCT facilitated her placement in the home.
“I committed the offence because I was broke and I needed the money. My friend Ben betrayed me because he sold all the car parts and did not even give me the money. I was afraid I was going to rot in jail. I wish I could go back to school so that I can do better things than stealing. I would not want to go back home as my relationship with mum has soured and after all she can’t take me to school. I am happy JCT assisted me and recommended that I be taken to North Court for rehabilitation purposes. There I can attend school and move on with my life.” said Tinashe who had been convicted for car-jacking.