Helping youth

2017-07-04 06:01
Mayco member Eddie Andrews (back row with brown jacket) with some of the staff of Westville Primary School.

Mayco member Eddie Andrews (back row with brown jacket) with some of the staff of Westville Primary School.

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Eddie Andrews, Mayco member (South) ended off his Youth Month activities in conversation with 110 Grade 12 learners at Portland High School last week.

The conversation was to give young people the platform to find their voice and raise awareness among adults that decisions about young people can no longer be made without young people.

Andrews continued the #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs and #NothingForUsWithoutUs conversation.

“I must commend the group of young people for their level of maturity and the courteous manner in which they articulated their point of view. The fact that they came to school on the last day of the term to participate in the conversation must be acknowledged,” says Andrews.

Andrews shared his story and cautioned the youth to be aware of the choices they make.

This was also to encourage them to prepare for exams and apply to tertiary institutions while being focused on school and amid a host of socio-economic challenges that are also pressuring them.

The learners were then divided into groups and asked to discuss health, religion, money and social media and its impacts on young people.

“I was pleasantly surprised by the thought provoking comments raised by the groups. The level of maturity displayed must be commended,” adds Andrews.

Last week, Andrews also surprised educators at the Mitchell’s Plain School of Skills in Rocklands and Westville Primary School in Westridge with lunch as a token of appreciation for their contribution to investing into the lives of young people.

Andrews reminded the teachers that their role is very important in the formation of young people.

He went onto remind the teachers that celebrating young month cannot go by without noticing their role, selfless efforts and constant encouraging of young people every day.

He also said teachers often go by unappreciated and unnoticed, yet they have the most important task.

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