A tour with an educational touch

2019-06-25 06:01
The youngsters say the excursion helped them to get out of their area.PHOTOS: siphesihle notwabaza

The youngsters say the excursion helped them to get out of their area.PHOTOS: siphesihle notwabaza

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A group of young boys and girls from in and around Hanover Park embarked on a five-day Youth Safety Religious programme tour between Monday 17 and Friday 21 June.

The children visited various spots around Cape Town including the Edith Stevens Nature Reserve, Constantia Hiking Nek, Macassar and Faure Kramat.

The outing was organised by the Madrassah_Tul_Badelieyah (MTB), a non-profit organisation (NPO) operating in the area. The NPO does a variety of empowerment programmes for the youth and those include religious studies.

Adlija Holt, project manager at MTB, said they partnered with the Department of Community Safety for the outing. She said the event gave the youth an opportunity to learn, explore and have fun.

The People’s Post team caught up with them at Edith Stevens where they were grouped, played games and did face painting. They were also taught about nature and plants.

Holt hailed the programme for attracting scores of young people, with 65 children turning up instead of the 35 initially scheduled to attend. “As much as this is not what we planned for, we cannot chase anyone away because this is for them,” she explained.

She called on youngsters to grow and develop a strong sense of resistance to drugs. She also encouraged them to take good care of the environment and nature.

Holt also called on businesses to support community upliftment projects and urged parents to play their part in shaping their children.“We have to be good role models to our children. We need to have home programmes because organisations and schools cannot do this (disciplining children) alone,” she appealed.

Akeelah Francis (13), Liam Demas (13) and Azhar Johaadien (12) said they are grateful to MTB for organising the programme. “I enjoyed the tour, I had lots of fun. I want to tell people that MTB is the best. I wish they do more excursions for us,” expressed Azhar.

The Newfields Grade 7 learner said those who are not part of the tour missed out.

For Akeelah the highlight was when they went to the Hiking Nek. She said she felt at peace and the fact that they were outdoors was the cherry on top.“We also went to a dam, washed our faces and also crossed a bridge. I enjoyed those a lot,” she said.

She called for more excursions to take children out of Hanover Park. She says living in her area is nice but her desperate wish is for gangsterism to end and for them to realise their potential.“I want to have a bright future and become a teacher because I like to explain and work with children,” she expressed.

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