‘Teen moms’ taken to tasks

2018-06-21 06:01
Injongo program facilitators and educators Vuyokazi Qalinge (left) and Ntsikelelo Kamteni (right) together with some learners.

Injongo program facilitators and educators Vuyokazi Qalinge (left) and Ntsikelelo Kamteni (right) together with some learners.

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A Khayelitsha primary school will be participating in the Youth Citizen Action Program Competition that will be held at Metro East Education Department in Kuilsriver on Saturday.

Injongo Primary is uniquely poised to take part in the programme.

It is a debate contest initiated by the provincial Department of Education to educate and empower learners about social issues.

The school’s facilitator and educator Vuyokazi Qalinge said the school picked teenage pregnancy as their topic of choice.

“We started participating in this program last year. Our topic was about the water crisis and this year it’s about teenage pregnancy. The topic must be one of our social issues in the community,” said Qalinge.

She said part of their mandate is to visit neighbouring schools, educating their peers about the challenges and dangers of engaging in sex at a young age.

Qalinge said they encourage learners to focus on their studies to prepare their future.

“We encourage learners to have children when they are ready financially and emotionally. We want them to be independent so that they can be able to break the chain of poverty. Education is the key to success,” she said.

Qalinge said they visited the Youth Centre and clinic in Site B in order to be well-versed and also get information about their subject of choice, and how to cope as a young parent.

“Every Friday of the first week of the month we have a fund-raising event. Our aim is to buy the ‘crying baby doll’, clothes and pram. The doll programmed to do everything a normal human baby does at night. This doll will rotate among the learners every weekend. Each child will have to keep the doll for a weekend and take care of it just to experience the feeling of becoming a young parent,” she said.

Grade 7 learner Zanda Mnqokoyi (13) said the program is educational.

“They teach us discipline and how to take care of our bodies.”

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