Warriors claim bronze

2019-12-12 06:00
From left Athenkosi Baba, Ayabonga Maliza, Siphokazi Khumbuza and Wandile Jonas.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

From left Athenkosi Baba, Ayabonga Maliza, Siphokazi Khumbuza and Wandile Jonas.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Youth from Khayelitsha, YouLead Warriors, walked away with a bronze at this year’s President Award for Youth Empowerment after completing an environmental task.

The Award is a Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in South Africa and is available to young people between the ages of 14 to 24.

The aim of the award is to empower young people by providing a stable non-competitive framework for self-development that will raise their self-esteem and boost their ability to achieve in whatever context they find themselves. The award also strives to make young people become responsible and active citizens in their respective communities.

The award is the most inclusive of youth development programme in South Africa.

It is made up of three increasingly challenging levels which are the Gold level, Silver level and Bronze level. The participants are required to complete four sections at each level; voluntary service, skill, physical recreation and adventurous journey.

Warriors won the award for youth empowerment in climate change.

The competition ran from February to October.

Siphokazi Khumbuza (17), a Grade 11 learner at Manyano High School, said she is happy with the award. “The award is going to open doors for me and it will help a lot in future because I can even put it on my CV,” she said. But she said at first it was difficult for her to be part of a large group and she had to make new friends.

Ayabonga Maliza (18), also a Grade 11 learner, said he still can’t believe they won the award. “I’m overwhelmed because the award is what I wanted the most when I joined the programme,” he said.

He said there were challenges during the competition but he overcame them.

Maliza said he would encourage others to join the programme because they will learn a lot.

YouLead coordinator Athenkosi Baba said people who want to join the programme must be interested in climate change. He said they want more girls for the next intake and those who are interested need to at least have a 50% pass mark.

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