Holiday fun to keep kids busy

2019-04-02 06:00
Kids in Kensington enjoyed fun-filled entertainment over the holidays. PHOTOS: thabang kuaho

Kids in Kensington enjoyed fun-filled entertainment over the holidays. PHOTOS: thabang kuaho

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School holidays are perfect opportunities for learners to unwind and spend time with friends without the stress of having to worry about school work.

Various community organisations often have holiday programmes filled with fun and educational activities to keep kids entertained during this period.

Kensington police have partnered with different organisations and schools to host such activities at schools closest to the children’s homes.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Angeline Grill said due to a spate of gang violence in the community, these programmes are good at keeping kids off the streets and keeping them at a safe place until their parents return from work.

“At the moment, the community is experiencing spiking violence and shootings and we felt that it is a good thing the organisations partner with us so that we can get the children off the streets and keep them safe and busy,” Grill said.

She hopes the programmes gain momentum to attract local businesses that will fund it and take the children to campsites or theme parks where they will have fun in a different area.

She said these violent acts do not allow children to be themselves and play with their friends.

Hillsong Africa Foundation is one of the organisations that hosted the kids over two days of the holiday programme.

They had programmes for teen girls and boys that focused on building their characters.

They also had fun activities for younger children to enjoy while the older ones were busy with character-building activities.

“This specific programme is something we have set up for in various communities for children over the holidays and Kensington is one of the communities we identified,” Sports Coordinator for the Hillsong Africa Foundation, Brent James said.

“We have been running this kind of programme for over a year so that we can have an impact and be involved in what kids get up to during holidays,” he continued.

Programme director at the foundation, Cailin Leacock said the Strength and Shine Programme is aimed at boys and girls from the age of 12-years-old and it helps them understand their value and their worth as people. “We run the programme for three consecutive days. It helps them to be able to make better choices and give them encouragement from an early age.”


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