Inspiring lessons hit home

2016-11-08 16:21
Learners of Silikamva High School in Hout Bay talk about their community outreach activities after attending an NPO’s youth training camps.

Learners of Silikamva High School in Hout Bay talk about their community outreach activities after attending an NPO’s youth training camps. (All photos: Gary van Dyk)

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A group of learners and students from schools and colleges across the peninsula are ready to face their future with a fiery determination and positivity.

This was evident when MOT South Africa, an NPO based in Pinelands that facilitates a life-skills programme for youth, hosted the Young MOTivators Inspiration event at Northlink College’s Tygerberg campus on Friday 14 October. This event was used to showcase the skills the learners and students learnt at youth camps held in May and August.

This event showed how the organisation is tapping into the passion, energy and potential of young people to make a difference at their schools and colleges and in their communities.

Wanda Möller, CEO of MOT South Africa, explains that 130 participants attended the youth training camps where they were equipped with leadership and presentation skills to become youth leaders and MOT peer trainers at their respective schools and colleges.

“At the inspiration event we had 85 Grade 9 learners (between 14 and 16 years) from nine high schools and 45 students, between the ages of 18 and 24, from technical and vocational education and training colleges in the Western Cape.

“Part of the training at the camps was for them to be here today and tell us what lessons they took from the camp and how they applied it at their schools and in their communities.”

Colleges that participated were the College of Cape Town, Boland College, Northlink College, West Coast College (Vredendal campus), West Coast College (Citrusdal campus) and False Bay College (Muizenberg).

High schools represented at the event were Spine Road High School (Mitchell’s Plain), South Peninsula High School (Diep River), Silikamva High School (Hout Bay), Steenberg High School, Centre of Science and Technology (Cosat) in Khayelitsha, Buren High School (Ysterplaat), Ihlumelo Senior Secondary School (Mbekweni) and Desmond Mpilo Tutu Senior Secondary School (Mbekweni).

Some of the projects that they took to their communities included implementing feeding schemes at their colleges and schools, pampering the elderly at old age homes, community street clean-ups and various donation campaigns.

“It is clear to see the impact that MOT has on the students and how much it has enriched their lives and in turn the lives of those they come into contact with,” says Möller.

The Norwegian word “mot” denotes both the ability to show courage, and the ability to take a stand against something; in this case, against the prevalence of violence and drug use, explains Möller.

“We encourage the youth to step out of their comfort zone and show courage. To witness these young minds challenging themselves to be greater, do better and give back, motivates us to keep going, keep growing and keep believing.

“The youth are our future and the future lies in the hands of our youth. They are our tomorrow. They have realised their power and apply it to make a positive change in society.”

Learners of Spine Road High School in Mitchell’s Plain learners talk about their community outreach activities after attending an NPO’s youth training camps.

Students of False Bay College in Muizenberg talk about their community outreach activities after attending an NPO’s youth training camps.

Learners of Steenberg High School talk about their community outreach activities after attending an NPO’s youth training camps.

Learners of South Peninsula High School in Diep River talk about their community outreach activities after attending an NPO’s youth training camps.





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