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Nelson Mandela Children Funds support the SFL Youth dialogue, the voice for young people in our Schools.

posted 25 Sep 2012, 05:48 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 9 Oct 2012, 07:28 ]

On Saturday, 15 September 2012 Star For Life hosted its 2nd annual high level youth dialogue with the support of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, more than 220 learners from uMkhanyakude district and Umhlathuze municipality gathered together at St Lucia Sport and Conference Centre to share their ideas and thoughts.


The dialogue provided youth with the opportunity to engage with high ranking officials and leaders from different organisations to discuss issues they are facing. Learners were also given the platform to engage themselves on issues that touch them personally as learners as well as to find solutions to those issues. “Star For Life has given us a rare opportunity to voice our concern and share our ideas and opinions without being judged”, said Sphamandla Thembani,  learner from Mawombe High School.

                                       Phumlani Primary school learners performing their theatre piece.

The event was attended by government officials, teachers from different schools across the district and different youth organisations. The youthful dialogue tackled topics such as dreams, academic performance, HIV and Aids stigma and denial, teenage pregnancy, violence and conflict.


Mrs Mcambi the senior prosecutor addressed the learners about the rights and responsibilities. “As much as you have rights to have good education, it is your responsibility to study and respects your education”.  She also encouraged learners to never give up on their dreams. “Your dreams might take longer to be fulfilled than you anticipate, but you must never give up from your dreams”. Said Mcambi.


“We are very happy as teachers that our learners got this opportunity to express themselves as well as to discuss sensitive topics such as sexuality, teenage pregnancy and HIV and Aids” expression from Ms Sithole from Isolesizwe High School.

 

The event was coordinated by Mr S Mathenjwa the area manager for SFL and he expressed that event was a great success as learners were able to address issues affecting them, “The dialogue has been created so that youth can have a platform to start thinking and sharing ideas on how they can address issues that affect them and the country as a whole.” Said Mathenjwa.

  Learners raising their views during the discussion session.

There were several entertainment performances by the learners. The attendees were moved by the emotional theatre play by Phumlani Primary School, called “The life of a child in Africa”. The play is about the challenges facing children of Africa today; abuse, rape and poverty are portrayed as the major challenges facing children's in the world today. “This play has given learners the opportunity to express themselves as it relates to their experiences and the challenges there are facing on daily basis”, said Mr Dumisani Ngubane, the director of the theatre piece.


The event was concluded by the stakeholders pledging their support to the learners and encouraging them to always takes part in making South Africa a better nation in Africa and the whole world.


Star For Life, thanks all the department who attended this event and share their role in society with the youth from different schools, particular our funder for NMCF.

 

 

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Rickard Lundquist,
15 Oct 2013, 03:13
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