Back-to-school prayer to be held

2016-01-21 06:00


GEARING up for the new academic year, the Themba Njilo Foundation will this Saturday host its ninth back-to-school prayer campaign at the city hall.

The campaign, where education officials, pastors and motivational speakers will address guests, is aimed at raising awareness about issues such as teenage pregnancy, drugs, alcohol abuse, HIV-Aids that affect young people.

It will start with an awareness parade outside Unisa at 10am before proceeding to the city hall at 12pm. A total of 100 disadvantaged pupils from different schools will be given a full set of uniforms and bursaries will be given to deserving pupils who excelled in last year’s matric.

Themba Njilo Foundation marketing manager Thula Mhlophe said: “The aim of the prayer is to encourage our pupils to focus on academic life and be disciplined in their behaviour amid the social ills that cripple our communities. We want to highlight some of the issues that destroy the lives of our youth such as drugs, alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and HIV and Aids. We invite our young people to come in their numbers as this is not only about praying, it is about preparing their mindset to focus from the beginning of the year.”

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