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2019-02-21 06:00
Participants of Youth Connect getting ready for the start of the discussion.

Participants of Youth Connect getting ready for the start of the discussion.

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Youth Connect started its programme for the year at the weekend with a focus on “Art Awareness and Legacy: Past and Present Works of Art”.

The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum hosts the programme, which discusses issues that affect young people of the area and tries to find solutions to the challenges they face.

However, the platform is also open to adults, as Youth Connect believes it has expertise in certain issues, and young people can learn from their life experiences.

Museum officer Amanda Koba said Youth Connect plans to cover topics that are hardly dealt with, or are never discussed, in kasis.

The organisation and participants will not only talk about and debate identified problems, but seek possible solutions to them.

Though not finalised yet, Koba says topics such as organ donation may be discussed in the sessions, to be held on the third Saturday of each month. Koba believes this year’s opening was successful and well attended by the community. “We did not expect such a large number of visitors, so it really went well,” she said. “We were also happy with the level of engagement from the discussions this past Saturday,” she said.

“The youth learnt a long-standing idea of as a tool to tackle social ills in society.”

Koba said many of these issues still persist today, such as landlessness, a key characteristic of past struggles.

The participants watched movies and were then afforded an opportunity to discuss the impact of the film on them, and what they took from it.

Museum manager Masa Soko said Youth Connect aims to devise topics that encourage critical thinking and community development. These include identity, hair, body shaming and ubuntu.

She also said the City of Cape Town has shown interest in collaborating with the organisation in future.

“Municipal officials have shown interest in the work that Youth Connect does, and wish to partner with the museum,” she said. “They also wish to hold skills development programmes with participants of Youth Connect and Theatre Fridays,” she said.

Nomonde Kondile, a motivational speaker, and Bridget Thompson of Ubuntu Trust also attended the inaugural discussion.

The next Youth Connect event will be presented at the museum on Saturday 16 March.V See more photos of the event on page 6.

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