School wins with big ideas

2018-07-25 06:00
The team of the Karabelo Primary School’s Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) are from the left, front: Kamohelo Kode (YCAP head monitor), Busisiwe Masoka and Lethabo Leeuw; back: Roger Mosweu (provincial YCAP project monitor), Palesa Mokone, Tlotlegang Lichaba, Nombuyiselo Komphela (provincial YCAP co­ordinator), Gaabaikangwe Seleke, Dumisane Pampiri (educator), Letshego Mabale (educator and monitor of the Karabelo Primary School’s YCAP), Kamohelo Lesenyeho, Bokamoso Makgwere and Fezeka Mbovana.     Photo: Supplied

The team of the Karabelo Primary School’s Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) are from the left, front: Kamohelo Kode (YCAP head monitor), Busisiwe Masoka and Lethabo Leeuw; back: Roger Mosweu (provincial YCAP project monitor), Palesa Mokone, Tlotlegang Lichaba, Nombuyiselo Komphela (provincial YCAP co­ordinator), Gaabaikangwe Seleke, Dumisane Pampiri (educator), Letshego Mabale (educator and monitor of the Karabelo Primary School’s YCAP), Kamohelo Lesenyeho, Bokamoso Makgwere and Fezeka Mbovana. Photo: Supplied

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A group of learners of the Karabelo Primary School involved in the Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) have won a top prize in the Free State.

The school’s YCAP team was chosen as the best at the provincial final in Trompsburg on 23 June, where projects were adjudicated. The team was lauded for its innovative ideas to promote a clean environment on the school premises and in the community.

The school won a cash prize of R1 250 to use for implementation of the project.

This YCAP team will represent the province at this year’s national final, taking place in Mpumalanga from Friday (27/07) to Sunday (29/07).

The team had come up with an innovative idea to address littering on the school premises. The topic of their project is “Clean School Environment”.

The YCAP promotes a clean environment and encourages learners of both primary and secondary schools to identify challenges and come up with innovations to solve or minimise the effects of these.

It was initiated in 2009 by Afrika Tikkun, a well-established non-governmental organisation (NGO), as a youth dialogue. Impressed by the concept, the national youth programme, which works through the Department of Basic Education, agreed to become involved.

The first meeting was held, the name was confirmed as The Youth Citizens Action Programmeand a strategy was established.

In 2010 it was piloted in four provinces, involving secondary schools. It was undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, supported by Heartlines and sponsorship of the Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation.

Due to its success, in 2011 a decision was taken to involve all nine provinces. In 2015 primary schools were also included.

Over three years approximately 360 schools have participated in the programme.

The number has increased to 1 080 schools, with ten learners per group, targeting at least 10 800 learners across the country.

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