Police launches committee to empower youth

2016-09-15 06:00
Photo: supplied Parents, teachers, pupils and the police at a launch of school safety committee at Fairbreeze Combined School.

Photo: supplied Parents, teachers, pupils and the police at a launch of school safety committee at Fairbreeze Combined School.

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THE Tongaat SAPS in partnership with other stakeholders launched the Fairbreeze Combined School Safety Committee recently in order to assist teachers identify problems that pupils encounter at schools.

The committee comprises pupils representing schools, teachers, principals, parents and the police. The intention of the committee is to familiarise pupils in all schools in Tongaat with social issues that affect the society.

Fairbreeze Secondary School principal, Ash Maharaj said the focus of the committee is to create a safe and conducive environment for pupils in schools.

“We are looking at how we can assist our pupils with problems that they experience in school and in their communities,” he said.

Maharaj said that the committee will be looking at other issues that affect the youth.

“Substance abuse is one of the things that we will be looking at. Our youth end up abusing drugs due to peer pressure, but through this committee we anticipate to implant new ideas in those who have become victims of substance abuse.

“I honestly believe that the community must be united and face challenges that affect our youth together. We launched the programme to show our youngsters that we care for them and we are willing to bring in experts from different NGOs to address matters pertaining to drug abuse. They need our guidance because they are our future leaders,” he said.

Social work manager for Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society Jo Moodley said that there are programmes in place to empower youngsters.

“We launched the Teenagers Against Drugs Abuse at Tongaat schools in a bid to root out substance abuse in the community. Under this project pupils from each school were selected to encourage their peers to refrain from using drugs. We also have youth groups to encourage and urge our children to stay away from drugs,” she said.

Tongaat SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie said: “It is indeed an honour to have such project in our community. We hope that working together with all relevant stakeholders will allow us to accomplish our goal - which is to create a safe environment for the youth,” she said.

She said that the idea was conceived after the police received complaints ranging from substance abuse and bullying at schools.

Guests at the launch acknowledged that the prosperity of a country relies on a progressive and educated youth who should inspire others.

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