PUPILS from Kranskop Primary School from the Youth Citizen Action Programme (YCAP) team led by Ms TP Shange, the teacher in charge, represented Umzinyathi District at the provincial competition held at Dokkies in Durban on July 19.
The competition between the 12 districts was tough as the various teams showcased their talent in presenting their programme to address social ills and environmental concerns.
Kranskop Primary School selected the theme: “A clean environment through Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Conserving.”
Pupils Asanda Dladla, Asanda Dlamini, Penelope Dlamini and Amahle Sibisi were the stars of the day and Kranskop Primary School scooped the title of Provincial winners in KZN.
The team was lauded for its innovative ideas to promote a clean environment on the school premises and in the community.
The Kranskop Primary School YCAP team will represent the province at this year’s national finals, taking place in Johannesburg from August 16 to August 18.
The YCAP, was initiated in 2009 by Afrika Tikkun, a well-established non-governmental organisation (NGO), as a youth dialogue. Impressed by the concept, the national youth programme, which works through the Department of Basic Education, agreed to become involved. After the first meeting was held, the name was confirmed as The Youth Citizens Action Programme and a strategy was established. In 2010 it was piloted in four provinces, involving secondary schools. It was undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, supported by Heartlines and sponsorship of the Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation.
Due to its success, in 2011 a decision was taken to involve all nine provinces and in 2015 primary schools were also included. Over three years, approximately 360 schools participated in the programme. The number has since increased to 1 080 schools, with ten learners per group, targeting at least 10 800 learners across the country.
The YCAP promotes a clean environment and encourages learners of both primary and secondary schools to identify challenges and come up with innovations to solve or minimise the effects of these.