Kid captains go camping

2017-03-07 06:00
Primary school children from Eastridge with ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander and the City of Cape Town nature conservation team at a camp at Zandvlei Resort.

Primary school children from Eastridge with ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander and the City of Cape Town nature conservation team at a camp at Zandvlei Resort.

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A group of 30 primary school children have attended a camp to strengthen their leadership abilities.

Ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander allocated funding to a leadership camp for 30 children of Imperial, Eastville and Littlewood primary schools in Eastridge.

Jerome September and Aisha Dollie, officials of the City of Cape Town’s nature conservation unit, along with a skilled team facilitated the camp at Zandvlei Resort in Muizenberg from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February.

“As the councillor I decided to focus on the child who presents leadership roles or potential in our schools. For too long we focused all our energy on the child who presented problematic behaviours and forgot to strengthen our children taking leadership in our community. I believe that if there is just one person who believes in you there is a possibility for a brighter future,” says Philander.

“I attended primary at Meadowridge and Beacon View primary schools and completed my high school at Glendale High. I remember a teacher, Mrs Rosalind Roman, who identified my leadership skills at school and gave me the opportunity to lead our Christian group at school. As the councillor I believe we can strengthen our children’s leadership skills if we give them the opportunity.”

The camp were focussed on leadership and exploring nature. The children hiked in Silvermine and went caving and canoeing.They also came up with a water saving song and worked on recycling goods into outfits.

“During my briefing session with the children I discovered that for more than 90% of the children it was their first experience hiking, caving and canoeing. The children highlighted that they were challenged to endure and go the extra mile and not give up easily. The activities were described by the children as adventurous and it required them to work together.”

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