Scripture Union opens youth centre

2016-05-25 06:00

SCRIPTURE Union (SU) in Pietermaritzburg will be opening its youth centre at its offices tomorrow, 26 May, in an effort to keep city youths off the streets.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, SU founder Garland Sam said the key objective of the project is youth empowerment through training, educating, motivating and mentoring.

The centre is to empower youth to affect and effect change in communities and educate them on the responsibilities they have in order to address issues facing young people.

“Unequal access to economic opportunities, quality education and a lack of active citizenship participation among the youth has led to a feeling in society that the challenges of poverty and inequality will not be resolved in our lifetime.

“Although programmes currently exist to develop entrepreneurs, the accessibility as well as relevance of these has failed to solve the great crisis of youth unemployment, which stands at up to 70% of the unemployed population in certain areas in South Africa,” said Sam.

He explained the centre will offer children a place where they can complete their homework, tuition, computer literacy, recreation, drama or arts clubs as well as affordable printing, copying, scanning, faxing and internet services.

“Building sustainable mechanisms of support as well as promoting peer learning and joint-action among the youth, the project aims to create a new breed of children who are agents of change in their broader communities,” said Sam.

Pupils in Grade 5 and above are invited to the centre, which is free of change, with a minimal fee for internet and printing services.

Sam explained the main reason SU decided to embark on the project is to get the children off the streets when they are finished at school.

“Young people tend to hang around in town after school, very few spend those hours wisely. Our hope is to make this safe zone available so that young people can better utilise their time and invest in their future,” he said.

The centre, at 165 Peter Kerchoff Street, will be open from Monday to Friday from 3pm to 5pm and will be run by SU volunteers. An adult will be present to facilitate the programmes and provide oversight.

The centre is to empower youth to
affect and effect change in communities and educate them on the responsibilities they have in order to
address issues facing young people


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