Youth issues in the spotlight

2015-06-23 06:00

Earlier this month, a group of pastors and representatives from NPOs met to discuss some of the issues surrounding youth in the Southern Peninsula, following a public meeting in Ocean View.

During the meeting, provincial community safety minister Dan Plato challenged the pastors to formulate a plan for the upcoming school holidays.

The group met with the aim of understanding the major problems that the youth face today as well as noting what each of the churches were doing in the valley to address youth problems, says Johann Kikillus of Soteria Ministries.

“We realised that the problem was far bigger than expected. A quick glance at the department of education website shows that there are currently 3822 high school pupils attending the four government schools in the Southern Peninisula,” he says.

“Added to this are all the teenagers that attend private schools. Lastly, one has to consider the hundreds of teenagers who have dropped out of school. The figure probably sits closer to 5000 teenagers.”

The number of teenagers who are experimenting with drugs, gangs and irresponsible sex is increasing, Kikillus believes.

A public meeting under the theme “Christians’ response to youth issues today” will be held at the Fish Hoek civic hall tonight at 19:15.

For more information contact Kikillus on 084 280 2213 or johann@soteriaministries.­

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