‘Youth can also be the solution’

2016-04-12 06:00
The pupils with ward councillor Solomon Philander at the camp in Strandfontein last month.

The pupils with ward councillor Solomon Philander at the camp in Strandfontein last month.

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An initiative aimed at highlighting pupils who are contributing positively to their communities has been launched.

On Friday 22 March ward councillor Solomon Philander launched the programme saying: “Community intervention mostly focuses on social discourses to the extent that almost all energy has been channelled to rehabilitate the youth and we forget that the youth can also contribute to the solution,” says Philander.

In December last year the Safeline child abuse and prevention centre lead the debate group at Beacon Hill High School. It became clear that the youth requires a variety of interventions at different times.

“Investing positive energy into our community systems will yield different outcomes,” says Philander.

The programme is called ‘Here’s looking at me; tell me what’s it gonna be’.

The programme focuses on the individual – as decisions and choices made today will determine the society of tomorrow – and aims at empowering the youth to do more.

From Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 March, Philander took a group of Peace Buddies from Beacon Hill and Tafelsig high schools to the LOFAB campsite in Strandfontein as a first series of combined intervention with pupils to achieve an outcome where the youth are part of the solution.

“I am confident the input and planning will see much more activities and intervention between local government and learners to achieve the goal this project intended.”

This programme will lead discussions in the community, in government and contribute solution of today’s challenges, he says.

“Asking the youth how they benefit over the three days, it was positive. We will embarked on programmes focusing on peace in our school, substance abuse and antisocial group activities out and inside the school. Further specialised programmes will focus on teenage pregnancy and HIV.”

The ward councillor together with Rudi Kroneberg will play a supportive role to ensure that programmes are implemented in a timely fashion.

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