Course to build leaders

2019-06-25 06:00

To help and guide young boys with life challenges, a group of young, passionate community development leaders have launched an empowerment course called Becoming A Man in Hanover Park.

The course was launched on Tuesday 18 June at the Hanover Park Library. It is hoped that through the course young boys will acquire some much-needed life skills such as identity, dealing with coming of age issues, signs of puberty and how to deal with it and internet, how to treat girls and women, and social media use.

The group made up of Saugheegh Johaar, Rafiq Noordien, Yaseenn Johaar, Nizaam Abdol, Tougheed Esau and Yagyah Nasiep plans to have two sessions in Hanover Park before rolling out the course to other areas according to community needs.

Nasiep, a professional Islamic studies facilitator and a youth leader, said the course will be run at Hanover Park Library.

The seven-day course is aimed at young boys between the ages of nine and 14.

Nasiep said the course is divided into different subjects and they deal with matters according to age.

“We do some fun activities in between,” he said. He added that topics such as puberty are not usually spoken about in homes with boys.

Nasiep said the course will provide a platform for boys to express themselves about the changes they experience in their bodies. “You find out that boys did not have conversations with their fathers about coming of age. Some were surprised when they experienced it through wet dreams,” he explained.

Nasiep called on all the parents to bring their children into the course even if they are not Muslim.

“As much as it is not a Muslim course we are, however, guided by ethos, morals and values of Islam because they are universal,” Nasiep said.

He said when boys finish the course, the relationship between them and the course facilitator should not die.

“We have an open-door policy with them that they can always approach us anytime. We want to be accessible to them,” he said.

Keegan Rossouw (12) and Zuhair Lowis (14) are some of the boys who are part of the course. They say they are enjoying it, especially because Yagyah is a good teacher. The pair has vowed to keep the teachings from the course and become good men.

“They taught us that a real man is kind, true, honest and hardworking,” says Keegan.

He says he wants to follow in the footsteps of his father who passed on, who he says he was a real and good man.

He says he wants to make his mother proud because she sacrifices a lot for him.

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