Scores of children from Khayelitsha and surrounding areas gathered at the Thusong Sport Complex in Khayelitsha for the schools holidays programs. The program was organised by the City’s Department of Social Development for a week in an effort to keep children busy. Assistant Professional Officer Aviwe Klaas said the objective was to keep children indoors and safe while they are receiving educating about life skills, anti-bullying programmes and child abuse awareness. “We are doing the programs during the school holidays. We are rotating in all these Sub-councils in Khayelitsha. Now that we are in Sub-council 10, during June holidays we will go to other sub-councils and also in September,” she said adding that there are three Sub-councils in Khayelitsha which is Sub-council 9, 10 and 24. She said they are partnering with other sister departments which include Metro Police, Clinics, Bio Diversity, Fire and Rescue, Water and Sanitation, Solid Waste, Sport and Recreation, Libraries and Matrix Clinic. Each department educates about a particular subject relevant to them, like library assistants from libraries visiting the learners for storytelling and clinics educate them about teenage pregnancy, their well-being and cleanliness,” she said. Klaas said their programs accommodate children from ages six to 16 year olds. One of the learners Shaun Shete 16 from Town Two described the school holiday programs as helpful and educational. “They taught us about the consequences of bullying. And also educate us about teenage pregnancy. We were encouraged not to engage to sex till we become adults or we must use condom when we decide to have it,” he said.