School holiday programme uplifts children

2018-07-25 06:00
The children enjoying the programme at Melville.PHOTO: supplied

The children enjoying the programme at Melville.PHOTO: supplied

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ENDUDUZWENI Community Care Centre, in partnership with the Department of Social Development, hosted a holiday programme for pupils over the July holidays.

The five-day programme commenced on July 9 and was excitedly and actively attended by youth from the Melville, Groutville, Shombela, and Ntshawini areas.

The programme was intended to keep children productively engaged in a safe learning environment during the school holidays.

Different fun and educational activities were planned for the duration of the programme and children were served nutritious meals in the morning and afternoon.

According to a Melville area social worker : “The focus of the programme is to ensure protection and empowerment of children, especially those who are confronted with challenges of poverty and are from households where their parents or care-givers lack stable and sufficient income due to unemployment and loss of support systems.

“Out of the connotation bracket, the programme is basically for every school going child,” she said. The programme was facilitated by a team who brought their collective knowledge, skills, experience and expertise to deliver programmes such as social behaviour change, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, early childhood development, skills development and recreation.

Project manager Mondli Ngema emphasised the importance of a programme of this nature as it allows for the promotion of healthy living and developing appropriate interpersonal relationships with children.

He further added that the programme provides a platform to identify children in need of care and protection and to offer the necessary interventions.

“The centre wishes to express a big thank you to all individuals and government departments, more particularly the Department of Social Development, Department of Sports and Recreation, South African Police Services and the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (Sanca), for providing psychological, rehabilitation, therapeutic, educational and recreational stimulation for children,” he said.

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