Youth voice brings lessons home

2016-11-08 06:00
Generation for Change performing for their community at the Where Rainbows Meet performance last Friday. They were part of a group of young people from Vrygrond who were taught about climate change and leadership. PHOTOs: TIYESE JERANJI

Generation for Change performing for their community at the Where Rainbows Meet performance last Friday. They were part of a group of young people from Vrygrond who were taught about climate change and leadership. PHOTOs: TIYESE JERANJI

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Learning about climate change and leadership is vital. That is why it must be emphasised all the time, say the 17 young participants of a local youth programme.

Project 90 by 2030 joined forces with Where Rainbows Meet training and development foundation in Vrygrond to teach young community members about leadership skills and climate change. They have worked with a group of youth to put together a performance based on their learning, understanding and experiences over the course of the project.

The project is called “The Voices of the Vrygrond Youth” and they have been working together for the past five months. To celebrate the work that they have been doing they performed in front of their own community last Friday.

This followed their performance at the national kite festival in Muizenberg.

Daniel Robinson, youth development leadership coordinator of Project 90 by 2030, says it is important for them to come and perform for their own community.

“The community knew what they were working on. They supported them so much. Others couldn’t make it to the kite festival, so we had to come show what we were doing. We also wanted to share with the community what they were learning,” he says.

The main aim, after attending workshops, camps and watching inspirational theatre, was to be able to articulate what they had learnt through a performance.

“They did very well. I’m glad that through the dance and help of a choreographer they were able to bring the story home.

“Basically, the most important message was waste recycling, how they can help with that. We also looked at climate change: What causes global warming and how they can reduce the impact of it. We had to help them understand what climate change is,” says Robinson.

Youth between the ages of 20 and 27 and children aged between 11 and 14 took part.

Robinson hopes they can apply what they learnt in their own communities.

“They were equipped with leadership skills and we hope they can use it in their day-to-day lives at the foundation. Also we want them to practise recycling waste and never let anything go to waste,” he says.

Samantha Morris, who took part in the project, says it held a big learning curve for her.

“At first I thought I would be bored to death because I wasn’t interested in learning about global warming but I benefited a lot. I knew about global warming but I didn’t have much information. Through the work that we were doing I learnt a lot and I have something to take back to my youth group.”

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