My Life My Future campaign at GJS

2016-09-21 06:00
 Choral Verse Grade 6 pupils.

Choral Verse Grade 6 pupils.

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ON Wednesday, 14 September , Greytown Junior School was proud to host the “My Life My Future Campaign” which coincides with the Schools Aids Month. Greytown Junior School was one of five schools in the Umzinyathi District selected to host this important and prestigious event.

The campaign was founded on the faith that if young people are motivated to believe in their dreams and have hope for their future, they will be inspired to take personal responsibility for their education and sexuality, and may be active participants in the fight against HIV and Aids, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse.

We were excited by the enthusiastic and positive response from all our honoured guests who were invited. Each speaker inspired pupils with motivating talks.

- John Love, a pastor from Shalom opened the launch in prayer. He voluntarily offers his services to our school twice a week and gives scriptural support and guidance to our learners.

- Mr N. Nakooda, our governing body chairperson addressed all present about the responsibilities of pupils towards education, from a parent’s perspective.

- Mr J. Cronje, a familiar face to our school, gave sound advice on drug addiction and bullying. He is the founder of the Teen Charter, a NARC journalist for The Witness and a counsellor at Harmony Retreat.

- Mr B. Magwaza, the SRHR co-ordinator at the Umvoti Aids Centre, gave an enlightening talk on the effects of

HIV-Aids in schools and society.

- Ms K. Mswane, a social worker at Harmony Retreat, guided pupils on how to deal with difficult situations that they might face.

- Captain K Schoeman from the Child Protection Unit of the SAPS delivered an eye-opening talk on crime in schools.

- Mrs P. Naidoo, the Control Regional Court Prosecutor, gave an informative talk on crime in schools and among youth and also the frightening consequent legal implications.

- Ms N. Mkhize, Circuit Manager for the Department of Education, gave an inspiring talk on the way forward.

- UmvotiMayor Thami Ngubane, who is very involved with the youth, gave pupils a thought-provoking talk about young people setting goals and working towards them.

Educators and Grade 7 pupil representatives from neighbouring schools were also in attendance and we hope they will take back the messages from each of the speakers to their schools.

We would like to thank distinguished guests for making themselves available to contribute to this campaign.

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