A total of 43 learners from Crystal Secondary School will join a matric camp programme which was launched at the school on Monday 30 September. The launch was held in partnership with Chrysalis Youth Academy to prepare learners for the upcoming examination period, at the end of the year. The programme is about the learners benefiting from one-to-one tutoring, psychosocial support and inspirational workshops to prepare them both academically and mentally for their upcoming exams.Provincial minister of community safety, Albert Fritz said in a statement: “The camp aims to facilitate access to opportunities for the youth beyond matric.”Fritz explained that Crystal Secondary School forms part of the three high schools targeted as a part of the Hanover Park safety blitz project to address crime and violence in the community. “It is vitally important that our young people are made aware of the opportunities available to them after school, and are supported to ensure that they receive their qualification. “We need to ensure that they are not left behind or fall prey to a life of crime, but instead play an active and productive role in our society,” he said. Fritz added StatSA tells us that in the first quarter of 2019, 55.2% of South African youth between the ages of 15 to 24 were unemployed. He said it is, therefore, necessary that initiatives are put in place which equip young people for the life of work, further study and adulthood as they complete their schooling. He also added those initiatives ultimately aim to provide opportunities for and capacitate young people with navigational skills which are key to safeguarding the province and facilitating development.