High schoolers get a look at life

2015-06-23 06:00
Jimmy Nevis belts out his hits at a youth indaba organised by UWC. He encouraged the youth to be the positive change in their neighbourhoods.

PHOTO: 
gary van dyk

Jimmy Nevis belts out his hits at a youth indaba organised by UWC. He encouraged the youth to be the positive change in their neighbourhoods. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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There was a buzz of youthful enthusiasm on the campus of the University of the Western Cape on Saturday when the third annual youth indaba was hosted at the facility.

Hosted by UWC’s HIV andamp; Aids Programme and the City of Cape Town’s department of social development (youth development and early childhood development directorate), 600 children from selected areas in the Cape Peninsula participated in the programme that highlighted, and had them find, answers to many of the problems that they face in their communities.

UWC spokesperson Aidan van den Heever explains that this youth indaba aims to reduce risk in these troubled areas.

“The children from these communities form part of the life skills healthy living photo-voice project, facilitated by UWC’s peer educators under the supervision of the City of Cape Town and UWC staff,” he says.

“It offered high school pupils from a variety of schools the opportunity to look at their community from behind the camera lens – teaching them basic photography skills, while also creating awareness around important social and community issues.

“This event provided a voice for youth as far as community issues are concerned, allowing them to become agents of change within their respective communities.

“It offered a formalised space for youth from around Cape Town to discuss the social problems they experience in their communities.”

Speakers at the event included deputy mayor of Cape Town Ian Neilson, UWC deputy vice-chancellor of academics Prof Vivienne Lawack, representatives from the City of Cape Town, the director of the HIV andamp; Aids Programme and the junior mayor of the City of Cape Town junior city council.

While finding solutions to the problems that face them in their neighbourhoods played an important part in proceedings, the highlight was a performance by singer Jimmy Nevis.

During his performance Nevis also encouraged them to find their positive potential and be an integral part of making a change for good where they live.

“Don’t let your circumstances keep you from your dreams. Keep fighting to become the best you can be,” he said.

Communities from across the Cape Peninsula participated in the Youth Indaba.


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