Winter holiday club for the children

2018-07-17 06:00
The Phila NgeThemba team that’s running the Winter Holiday Club with some of the children.PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZI

The Phila NgeThemba team that’s running the Winter Holiday Club with some of the children.PHOTO: PHINDILE SHOZI

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NON-PROFIT Company Phila NgeThemba, which loosely means “Live to Hope”, is an organisation that uplifts the community by teaching children leadership skills, arts and craft. The NPC works mainly through schools, going to different local schools to encourage pupils to form their own clubs so that, during the holidays, they can pass on their knowledge to the younger children of their community.

Phila NgeThemba Youth Development Co-Ordinator Noluthando Penn said they have two main holiday clubs during the year — the Winter and Summer Holiday Clubs. “We have these clubs twice a year because in winter and summer they [children] have the longest holidays. We are doing this to keep them off the streets by giving them tasks to do. It also helps them pass knowledge on to the younger children,” explained the coordinator.

She said these clubs are extensions of kids clubs from the schools where club members join with younger children in the community to share what they had learnt during the school term.

“By doing that we are trying to teach them leadership skills and responsibility because if the young ones don’t show that they’ve learnt anything then it shows that they have failed and that they need to go back to the drawing board to see what went wrong,” said Penn.

The youth development coordinator said their job is to guide and show the youth the right path in terms of trying to find a solution for their failure. “We encourage them not to give up by just letting it all go and getting involved in dangerous activities that will cause them to stray away from being great leaders,” she said.

The Manager of the NPC, Pastor Simphiwe Gumede, said they are trying to create a homely environment for the children where they can learn new skills. “We are grooming them to be great leaders who take their responsibilities seriously rather than throwing away their future,” said Gumede.

In conclusion he said they are also trying to take them away from any form of abuse, giving them a safe place to play under supervision where they can also show off their hidden talents.


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