Learners with a passion for issues

2017-05-11 06:00
Facilitator Thobelani Mcukulwa, in front, during a performance     PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Facilitator Thobelani Mcukulwa, in front, during a performance PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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They are still at a tender age, but they are already contributing positively to their school and community by dispensing sound advice.

The group of learners from Parliament Primary School in Mfuleni, are part of the Soul Buddyz Club.

On Friday, they held an exhibition event where they showcased some of the things they do.

They danced, performed poetry and made speeches in front of teachers, fellow learners and parents.

The group is helping their schoolmates confront issues and also by contributing on issues that affect their community.

They help with, among other things, fight bullying in school, identify those who are victims of different forms of abuse, look for children who are in need of support, participate in HIV/Aids programmes, pick papers on school grounds after break, help with handing out fruit to fellow learners during dishing time, plant and water trees on the school grounds.

They also help seek sponsors for painting the classrooms, working closely with Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Non Profitable Organisations (NPOs).

The 25 learners, both boys and girls, are between the ages of eight and fourteen.

Thobelani Mcukulwa, a Soul City Institute facilitator, said the learners have done tremendous work since the group was formed last year.

“They do a lot of good things in the school and in the community.

They have since identified a learner who was sexually abused and that learner was referred to social workers. They are trained on that. I am proud of them.

They encourage and inspire me to continue doing the work voluntarily. Parents and the school are very supportive,” Mcukulwa said.

Mcukulwa, who has been a Soul Buddyz facilitator since 2008, has won several awards of excellence for the schools he has participated in.

He has won the Outstanding Community Project award in Gauteng at the Minah Soga Senior Primary School in 2011.

In 2012 he went on to win the Best Unit Project Award for the Emmet Mahonga Junior Primary School, in KwaZulu Natal.

In 2013, he then won an award for being the Best Facilitator in Port Elizabeth, for Mfuleni Primary School.

He also won the award for Provincial Club of the year for Mfuleni Primary School, in North West, in 2014.

Asive Sikithi, a Grade 6 learner, said being part of the group was also of benefit to her.

“I am part of this group because I want to keep my mind focused on good things. It teaches us a lot. We help other learners and community where we can. I am happy that I am part of group that makes good change in other people’s lives,” Sikithi said.

The school worked in partnership with Bardale Primary School in the initial stages.

The programme is also the part of Life Skill subject which they do in school.

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