Programme to develop youth

2019-06-04 06:00
Learners of Plumstead High School, from left are Jade Jacobs, Lailah Daniels, and Caitlyn Leo.

Learners of Plumstead High School, from left are Jade Jacobs, Lailah Daniels, and Caitlyn Leo.

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Plumstead-based School Revival partnered with local stakeholders to bring about an educational programme which will address various learner issues.

The launch of the ABCD Leadership Workshop, a concept owned by The President’s Award Programme was launched at De Wet Multi-Purpose Centre in Ottery on Saturday.

Titled ABCD Leadership Workshop, it will address issues including learner attitudes, beliefs, choices and dreams (which makes up the concept of ABCD) and it caters for children between the ages of 14 and 24. About 73 youths attended.

Organiser, Verline Leo says the Wynberg East Civic Association (WECA), ward councillor Monty Oliver, the social development and early childhood department identified the need to formulate a sustainable strategy around youth development in communities.

Leo says this followed the findings identified in Wynberg and Plumstead High Schools through an Anti-Bullying Campaign that was launched last year. Yet the WECA chairperson, Judy Ferdenando, saw the value in partnering with School Revival in bringing the forces together by networking and partnering with like-minded organisations in reinforcing positive change for the youth.

That was the birth of the workshop. 

“The Wynberg community is currently facing various youth-related challenges and it is evident that something needs to change,” Leo says.

She explains that the workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore different aspects of The President’s Award Programme which includes skills, physical recreation, adventurous journey and service. 

“All of which are motivators for personal development,” says Leo.

She says this workshop is aimed at encouraging and re-emphasising positive values, principles that youth need to deal with and societal pressures that lead to engaging in risky behaviour and to explore the various options available for young people post high school.

Leo says this helps encourage youth to make informed decisions while equipping them with various life skills to withstand temptations.

She says this is just attempted to formulate a sustainable strategy, various organisations pulled together to draft a strategy to implement within the area.

Guest speakers Ferdenando, Oliver, Leo and Keenan Daniels a programme manager at The President’s Award.

 

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