Youth celebrates success

2019-04-30 06:00
Jubilant and proud graduates carrying their certificatesPHOTO: sIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

Jubilant and proud graduates carrying their certificatesPHOTO: sIPHESIHLE NOTWABAZA

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More than 35 students from Hanover Park and a few other areas received their certificates after completing a 10-week course at Madrassah Tul-Badelieyah in Newfields, last Friday.

The graduation ceremony of the Life Coaching Integration Programme by Dimensions SA was to celebrate the success of the students with their parents and the team that was with them throughout the course.

The teenagers who did the course are attending different mainstream schools and had to attend the programme on Fridays from 15:00 to 17:00.

Nicknamed as the “Metanoia Project” the course is designed to, among other things, deal with drug addicts and addiction recovery. Bringing it to the youth of Hanover Park was to prevent them from even starting to experiment with drugs.

The graduates are not addicts nor do they take drugs. So the course served as a prevention method.

Adlija Holt the project manager at Madrassah said that the course was aimed at enabling the youngsters to build a sanctuary between them and all the bad that is happening out there. She journeyed with them until the finish line.

“I am proud of them and also impressed with the turnout of the parents because that shows that they support their children,” Holt said.

She said that the course gave the youngsters an opportunity to improve their reading skills and said that she was happy with the results.

Nishaat Isaacs (17) a matriculant at Windsor High School said: “This course is about building morals and values. Before I did the course I did not have a sense of motivation in life but now I have a desire to do something with my life.”

Isaacs is one of the proud graduates. She said that she was grateful to their facilitator for being patient with them as they were a dynamic group of teenagers.

She also revealed that the course planted some ideas in her head such that, together with her friends, they have started a support group for youth.

It is a group that would open a platform for them as teenagers to share their struggles and come up with mechanisms to deal (solve) with them. She furthermore wished her facilitator the strength to carry on doing what he does.

“I learned to look at things in a different perspective and to also develop a critical mindset,” testified Allie Davids, a 16-year-old who is also one of the graduates.

He said that one of the tools the course has equipped him with is an ability to always look for a solution to a problem, rather than just complaining and not doing anything.

Another proud graduate is Tashriq Toyer (16), a Grade 11 learner at Claremont High School. He said that the course has helped him improve his confidence levels.

“They taught us about attitude, they taught us to always be grateful for what we have because people out there are not always satisfied,” said Toyer.

Mikhail Rajap, their facilitator had only positive things to say about his students. He wished them all the best in the future.

“This is a celebration for me, celebrating them. They put their hearts and soul into the course and I am proud of them,” Rajap expressed.

Also in attendance to share some wisdom was Dr Eghsaan Behardien, a former principal at Vista High in Bo Kaap.

He urged and advised them to not compete with one another, saying that when one enriches oneself, that will be temporary, but enriching the group helps in the long run..

“Be the best that you can be with any skills that you have,” said Dr Behardien.

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