Scripture Union opens youth centre

2016-05-25 06:00

SCRIPTURE Union (SU) in Pietermaritzburg will be opening its youth centre at its offices tomorrow, 26 May, in an effort to keep city youths off the streets.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, SU founder Garland Sam said the key objective of the project is youth empowerment through training, educating, motivating and mentoring.

The centre is to empower youth to affect and effect change in communities and educate them on the responsibilities they have in order to address issues facing young people.

“Unequal access to economic opportunities, quality education and a lack of active citizenship participation among the youth has led to a feeling in society that the challenges of poverty and inequality will not be resolved in our lifetime.

“Although programmes currently exist to develop entrepreneurs, the accessibility as well as relevance of these has failed to solve the great crisis of youth unemployment, which stands at up to 70% of the unemployed population in certain areas in South Africa,” said Sam.

He explained the centre will offer children a place where they can complete their homework, tuition, computer literacy, recreation, drama or arts clubs as well as affordable printing, copying, scanning, faxing and internet services.

“Building sustainable mechanisms of support as well as promoting peer learning and joint-action among the youth, the project aims to create a new breed of children who are agents of change in their broader communities,” said Sam.

Pupils in Grade 5 and above are invited to the centre, which is free of change, with a minimal fee for internet and printing services.

Sam explained the main reason SU decided to embark on the project is to get the children off the streets when they are finished at school.

“Young people tend to hang around in town after school, very few spend those hours wisely. Our hope is to make this safe zone available so that young people can better utilise their time and invest in their future,” he said.

The centre, at 165 Peter Kerchoff Street, will be open from Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm and will be run by SU volunteers. An adult will be present to facilitate the programmes and provide oversight.

The centre is to empower youth to
affect and effect change in communities and educate them on the responsibilities they have in order to
address issues facing young people

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.