Although an array of challenges remain, South Africa is making important progress in uplifting the lives of children who were denied their fundamental rights on the grounds of class, race and gender. The country's state report to the United Nations – edited and developed for publication by Advocacy Aid – describes the measures that have been adopted in terms of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Although research testifies to the developmental value of the Child Support Grant (CSG), studies also find that sizable numbers of vulnerable children still fall beyond its reach, particularly adolescents and young children less than a year old. Patricia Martin of Advocacy Aid served as lead researcher in a project commissioned by UNICF and SASSA (the South African Security Agency) to identify who these excluded children are, the causes of their continued exclusion, and the steps that can be taken to remedy the situation.
The South African Human Rights Commission recently published a Charter of Children's Basic Education Rights. Researched, written consultatively, and developed for publication by Patricia Martin of Advocacy Aid, the Charter provides a statement of what is required of the state in terms of international, regional and national law to give effect to the right of children in South Africa to basic education.