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CI’s 10-year anniversary campaign wins African Excellence Award

8 Jun 2017 - 15:00
Image of the first 10 volumes of the South African Child Gauge of the Children's Institute, UCT.
The South African Child Gauge was first published in 2005, and has since covered an array of themes on the wellbeing of children in South Africa.

CI’s 10-year anniversary campaign wins African Excellence Award

In 2016, the Children’s Institute (CI) marked the 10th anniversary of its flagship publication, the South African Child Gauge®.

In May this year, the media campaign that heralded the celebrations has been named winner in the science and education category of the 2017 African Excellence Awards which celebrate excellence in communications and public relations.

Working closely with the Communication & Marketing Department at the University of Cape Town, the CI generated extensive media coverage ahead of and during National Child Protection Week. Taking centre stage in the CI campaign were the first ten issues of the Child Gauge which is the only publication to provide an annual snapshot of the situation of South Africa’s children.

Through this series, the CI aims to track progress towards the realisation of children’s rights, promote evidence-based policy and practice, and address key challenges affecting children. Over the years, the Child Gauge has become an essential resource for NGOs, and is widely cited by scholars and policy-makers.

The CI and UCT launched the anniversary campaign with a Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture in May, delivered by Emeritus Professor Marian Jacobs. In addition to being a former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Jacobs is also the founder of the CI which was established in 2001 as a child-centred policy research institute.

The first Child Gauge was published in 2005, and took stock of children in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has grown over the years to include contributions from over 150 academics across South Africa, drawing on economics, law, social science and child-centred statistics to offer a unique interdisciplinary perspective on children. Subsequent issues explored themes such as children and poverty, access to basic education and social services, the impact of inequality, how to prevent violence against children, and – in 2016 – the impact of social assistance on the country’s children. The 2017 Child Gauge will focus on survival and development.

Winners of the African Excellence Awards will be honoured at a dinner in Johannesburg at the end of June 2017.