New NPO targets skills

2016-02-04 06:00
Beadwork skills assistant Miriam Lepheana and Ebukhosini Forty Three Forty chairman Valen Peters Govender. Photo: supplied

Beadwork skills assistant Miriam Lepheana and Ebukhosini Forty Three Forty chairman Valen Peters Govender. Photo: supplied

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SKILLS development and job creation is the focus of a new NPO which is to commence in Verulam this month.

The recently registered organisation - Ebukhosini Forty Three Forty - which has already been operating in the community, plans to push forward with their goals to create sustainable jobs and youth development now that they are a registered body.

Chairman of Ebukhosini Forty Three Forty Valen Peters Govender said the organisation was formed after a group of youth felt action was needed to address skills and youth problems in the community.

"Without skills people have no means of earning an income of their own if they don't have jobs and without access to a place where they can access the know-ledge to gain these skills, makes earning an income impossible," said Govender.

"Our goal is to give people an opportunity to learn different skills from beadwork, wood work, metal works, various arts and crafts and trades so they can have a way to support their families."

Govender said because not everyone can afford to pay to study and learn skills and trades, the NPO aims to get skills development programmes created with the aid of businesses and the community in order to uplift those that need it.

"Once a person acquires the skills we hope to link them with businesses so they can earn a stable income and we can create sustainable jobs through the NPO to help alleviate poverty in our community," said Govender.

The NPO is also focused on teaching skills to the youth and youth orientated programmes are part of their plans.

"While we are working on creating jobs we also want to ensure our future leaders are kept away from negative influences so we are also focused on youth development programmes like drama classes, dance classes, fun days and basically anything that will keep our youth busy and doing something positive," said Govender.

The youth programmes will also focus on skills development, but will be oriented more towards fun activities while learning basic skills.

"We also hope to create free tuition for pupils so they can have access to extra educational development to ensure they succeed in school," said Govender.

The long-term goal of the NPO is to setup a centre of learning and skills development in Verulam.

"We can only combat poverty and youth issues through creating access to skills and development platforms so we are urging anyone who feels they have a skill or time to dedicate to this initiate to join us," said Govender.

Businesses and the community will be invited to engage with the board and members of Ebukhosini Forty Three Forty to work towards creating various projects­ to address skills and youth development­ in Verulam and surrounding areas.

For more information email ebukhosin or call 084 428 4983.

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