Centre with a vision

2016-06-28 06:00
Photos: Nosipho Mkhize Clermont Youth Centre chairperson, Vumani Gwala.

Photos: Nosipho Mkhize Clermont Youth Centre chairperson, Vumani Gwala.

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MANY KZN people in townships grab every opportunity to empower themselves with skills and knowledge and get these opportunities from organisations and resource and community centres.
The Clermont Youth Centre is a community centre that assists by empowering the youth with various skills.

Chairperson of the centre, Vumani Gwala, said the centre was established last year after seeing a need to accommodate the youth where they can tackle issues concerning them while empowering them with skills.
“In 2005 there was an organisation, called Gugulethu in Clermont. They made a difference in the community, especially among the youth. They had internet services where they allowed the youth to browse for free when applying for jobs.
“Sadly, the centre closed due to lack of funding. After the fall of Gugulethu it was hard to find an organisation for young people in Clermont, except for political organisations. We had an idea of opening a youth centre in Clermont and it came about in 2015.

“The centre offers educational programmes - basic computer skills, journalism NQF level 5 and security guard and cashier training. We also have a multimedia department which has a recording studio for those who are interested in music and film production.
“We roll out these programmes bit by bit due to space. We work hand in hand with the Sector Education and Training Authority because we are not fully accredited.

“We also conduct awareness campaigns which tackle issues like substance abuse and HIV and Aids. We have a programme that deals with the distribution of sanitary pads in schools, which is called Zithande. We facilitate in peer education under Zithande where we train pupils from tertiary to become peer teachers that visit schools and talk about various issues.
“These teachers are monitored and provide reports on how many pupils attended, the outcome and whether any of the pupils were referred to other organisations.

“We are almost done with finalising our partnership with loveLife where it will work with our multimedia department. Our journalism students will work on our monthly newspaper, called the Clermont Youth Voice.”

Gwala said the centre is also registered under the Department of Social Development, which believes in uplifting the community.
“All our services are free and we are here to help the youth find jobs, so that’s why we offer all of these services free of charge. The centre covers the Ink (Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu) area, west and outer west region as well as the upper highway.”

To contact the Clermont Youth Centre, phone 078 900 3386 or email vumani@clermontyouthcentre.org

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