Life-skills programme focuses on the youth

2017-04-25 07:40
Photo: Nosipho MkhizeClermont Youth Centre spokesperson Ntokozo Ngcobo at one of the recent displays at the centre.

Photo: Nosipho MkhizeClermont Youth Centre spokesperson Ntokozo Ngcobo at one of the recent displays at the centre.

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THE Clermont Youth Centre recently held its life-skills and leadership development programme at its premises in the Clermont Youth Centre Research Hall, which saw 70 people attending.

Clermont Youth Centre spokesperson Ntokozo Ngcobo said: “The life skills and leadership development programme was held for one week, free of  charge. We had youth from KwaDabeka, Clermont, Wyebank, Pinetown and surrounds.
“The purpose of the programme is to develop a positive attitude, good self-esteem and self-reliance among the youth, which resulted in people understanding themselves better, knowing where to look for what they need and not what they want, as well as understanding the importance of short-term pain for long-term gain.
“The programme also covered various topics, including identity and character, communication skills, volunteering, jobs and careers and effective leadership.

“Throughout the programme we noticed a lot of the youth lack self-esteem and that technology has turned them into not understanding who they are - they didn’t have a purpose or a vision. We trained them about knowing their role at home and in the community.”

The centre also had another event themed “The people, the Constitution are friends or enemies”.

“The event was more of a human dialogue. Last year we had the same event, but we focused more on evaluating different rights, however, this year we focused on the Constitution, on who created it as well as certain closets within it and whether they are relevant to the community.

“We have also started a new project which we call “hip-hop Friday”. We told our members to go into the communities and commence with these hip-hop sessions every Friday. This is another way of letting the youth showcase their talent.
“Our first session was held at Solomon Mahlangu in New Germany. We need the youth to be part of the hip-hop experience. Once we have a huge number of participants we are planning to hold hip-hop competitions and the good thing is we have all the sound equipment that participants needs.” If anyone is interested in being part of hip-hop Friday session, contact Ntokozo Ngcobo on 063 330 2381.

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