Students debate burning issues

2015-09-03 06:00
Tarryn Jefferies, Karin Hendricks, traffic officer, Soemaya Davids, of Road Safety Management, Zamikhaya Tunywashe, of Road Safety Management, Nokuzola Letselebe, of Road Safety Management, Nokuzola Qaqa, traffic officer, Thembisa Tyulu, Sinoxolo Nts

Tarryn Jefferies, Karin Hendricks, traffic officer, Soemaya Davids, of Road Safety Management, Zamikhaya Tunywashe, of Road Safety Management, Nokuzola Letselebe, of Road Safety Management, Nokuzola Qaqa, traffic officer, Thembisa Tyulu, Sinoxolo Nts

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False Bay College students used their institution as host a debate about pertinent issue engulfing society on Friday.

The learners discussed issues ranging from domestic violence, rape, sexual awareness, drunken driving, health and wellness, albinism, discrimination against sexual orientation and culture awareness.

Facesa Farad, education specialist for life orientation at the college said, the event also saw students who made the best presentation being voted on their project called Campus Hero, and will form part of students representatives.

“This is part of their life orientation skills project.

They choose any topic they want to talk about, which involved what they saw as social-ills in their communities.

Fard said she was amazed about how they went about the whole issue of the topics chosen for the debate.

“This will help them develops their skills as they work in teams and it will count on their final mark at the end of the year,” Farad said.

Landelwa Matebe, 24, who is doing level 4, applauded the opportunity to debate issues.

“Students vote the hero based on what he or she said during the presentation. They were also expected to tell about their community involvement, and what sets them apart from their peers,”said Matebe.

Luyanda Shwane, who is doing level 3 in Information Technology (IT) said the project “brings a lot of unity” among the students.

“We understand the social-ills that we are facing in our communities and the project raises more awareness about those things to us.

Some people lack understanding of diversity in our communities, that is why we also have issues of people living with albinism being attacked and discriminated against.

There is a lack of resources in schools and there is also bullying, which also needs to be addressed.

The issue of drunken driving on the roads, which leads to loss of life, also came up for discussion.

The event was also attended by representatives from the South African Police Service (Saps) and some traffic officers

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