Another huge achievement for the Centre for Child Law

Posted on January 26, 2012

Centre for Child Law staff members - fltr: Prof Ann Skelton (Director), Carina du Toit (Attorney),
Desiree Willemse (Office Administrator), Karabo Ngidi (Attorney) and Ashleigh Dore (Student Assistant) 

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that Prof Ann Skelton, Director of the Centre for Child Law, is a 2012 Laureate Nominee for The World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child.

The World's Children's Prize laureates are individuals or organisations that – over a long period and in difficult circumstances – have done outstanding work for children, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The winner of the $100 000 prize is decided by a vote among millions of school children worldwide.

On receipt of the good news, the Dean of the Faculty responded as follows:

"We learnt yesterday that Ann Skelton was nominated for the World Children's Prize for her sterling efforts to improve the rights and lives of children. (An earlier nominee and winner of the prize was Nelson Mandela).

“Ann's work spans two decades and she is a real-life example of a person who is fighting for a cause she believes in. She does it with honesty and integrity. At the same time her work also displays that the life of people can indeed be changed by applying the law and by rectifying laws that are unfair and militate against the imperatives of our Constitution. Whilst she is using every forum possible to bring about change in this regard and is regularly involved in time-consuming litigation, she also remains an academic at heart, and also excels as an NRF rated researcher.

“Ann, you made us proud and this nomination is significant - therefore please accept our sincerest congratulations! This Faculty is honoured to house you and you have our support for the final round in May. 

“Having said this, also a word of congratulations to Trynie Boezaart who in fact had the vision to establish the Centre for Child Law in our Faculty. Her dream has  therefore become a reality.

“All the best to you Ann, the Centre and everyone who works in the Centre and in fact share this achievement with you”

André Boraine

The World's Children's Prize-programme 2012, including the Global Vote, starts 25 January and ends 15 May.

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