Activist says parents must do bit

2015-07-02 06:00
Phila Mtwana wants you to get involved in youth development. 

Mandla Mahashe

Phila Mtwana wants you to get involved in youth development. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A Langa community researcher is encouraging locals to do their bit to support youth development in the area.

Phila Mtwana is pledging at least R500 per month towards sports development and youth activities at high school level.

He says that if community members are investing in the schools’ extra mural activities as well as the infrastructure, social ills like school break-ins can be brought to an end.

“If people do not take ownership of youth activities and facilities like schools, then they stand to lose when school vandalism takes place. If they take ownership, they will then stand up to vandals and play a role in fighting crime in schools.”

Mtwana, who is also a founding member of Embo Initiation Forum and the Langa Arts Forum runs Hlenko Solution, a non profit organisations founded in 2012.

He said that he has found out in recent researches that ownership of public entities is crucial to their sustainability.

“I was born and raised in Langa, in those days there was sport, drama and music from primary to high school level. We all had varying extra mural activities to link with our academia. There were community centres where such extra mural activities were further instilled in our life as children. But there is less involvement in such activities and establishments(today),” he told City Vision.

He says he was compelled to start a campaign called “back to my school” to address skills development and create future opportunities for the youth in sport, arts and academia.

“The campaign pleads to individuals and business people to adopt a high school and support it by any means possible. The aim is to revitalise sports, music and drama not just in one but to all our township schools,” he cited.

“The aim is to revitalise sports, music and drama not just in one but to all our township schools. Presently, our children move from primary schools enthusiastically equipped with these extramural codes but when they get to high school they soon find these codes not existing,” he said.

He said that he encouraged people to get involved in initiatives even if it’s not their kids. He said that his research has found that there are huge challenges that the schools and communities face.

“Financial burden is a major challenge facing community schools and schools need huge support systems from all angles. Teachers are overworked and are unable to perform social duties like counselling and coordinate extramural activities after school,” he said.

“There is also a lack of educational ethos by some parents.

The majority of parents are not actively involved in the education of their children unless there is a crisis.

Interested parents are not always utilised to facilitate extra mural activities and available funds.”. Call Mtwana: 079 061 1807

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