Educating children about effects of crime

2015-05-07 06:00
Children at the anti-crime campaign, co-ordinated by Pastor Joel Ruttenberg (left) from Eden Kids Foundation, and Nhlakanipho Gazu from Youth For Christ.
photo: supplied

Children at the anti-crime campaign, co-ordinated by Pastor Joel Ruttenberg (left) from Eden Kids Foundation, and Nhlakanipho Gazu from Youth For Christ. photo: supplied

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YOUTH For Christ in Pietermaritzburg recently held an anti-crime campaign­ at for Masukwane community­ (Jika Joe) recently with the aim of educating children about the dangers of committing crime and reinforcing positive decision-making.

About 60 children attended the event co-ordinated by Pastor Joel Ruttenberg from Eden Kids Foundation and Nhlakanipho Gazu from Youth for Christ.

The programme included peer leaders holding placards with anti-crime messages. The May’khethele Edutainment team performed a drama on the effects of drugs and committing crime.

Mike Amod, representative from disaster management at Mzunduzi Municipality, spoke about fire awareness and safety measures that should be taken. He emphasised that negligent behaviour, which start fires, is a crime and encouraged children to commit to sport.

“A child in sport is a child away from court.”

Ruttenberg used catchy activities to grab children’s attention and support the message of putting an end to crime.

Councillor Naleni Atwaru gave the children practical examples they could relate to and encouraged them to feel free to speak out if they witness criminal activities in their community.

“What we want in this community is a strong belief of what is wrong and what is right,” said Atwaru

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