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Star For Life Johannesburg team to host a Youth Dialogue 2013.

posted 7 May 2013, 23:46 by ntobeko dlamini

The anticipation for the Youth Dialogue also known as the Youth Parliament for 2013 is currently at focal point as it will be taking place on the 10th of May 2013 at Change Bible Church in Katlehong. Star for Life and the Department of Education (Ekurhuleni South District) initiated this dialogue to provide a platform for the youth of this region who constitute 60% of the population to engage and interact with the decision makers. All Coaches including their Project Manager are preparing for the event, with an objective for the event to be a tremendous success, and most importantly to be effective.  Moreover, the objectives of conducting a Youth Parliament are to establish a forum for a dialog and action on youth-related issues between the youth and stakeholders who have the best interest at heart for the youth. To address a unified vision on challenges and issues faced by the youth. The theme for this year’s Youth Dialogue is Youth taking responsibility, 10 schools will be participating which are in partnership with Star for Life and invitations to stakeholders have been sent. Each school has been given a topic to discuss on the day through selecting 30 learners and 1 RCL learner to represent the school. The following schools are the schools who will be partaking at the event; namely:

·         Lethukuthula Secondary School

·         Fumana Comprehensive School

·         Alafang Secondary School

·         Mpilisweni Secondary School

·         Eketsang Secondary School

·         Mpontsheng Secondary School

·         Greenfields Secondary School

·         Palmridge Secondary School

·         Winile Secondary School and

·         Zonkizizwe Secondary School

As per above-mentioned each school has been given a thematic topic to discuss and present on the day of the event, discussions such as; youth and human rights, crime, discrimination, education, entrepreneurship, HIV/AIDS, gender, peace (violence, racism, xenophobia), pregnancy and child abuse.


For any event or initiative to become a success there is a pivotal need for team work, thus, for each of the coaches there are tasks and responsibilities given to them. For the past weeks Sicelo Mathenjwa the Johannesburg Project Manager has circulated around the schools having meeting with all the principals of the schools and L.O Partners in involving and informing them about the upcoming event. Cebi Nene and Sicelo were able to find a venue for the event, order 300 T-shirts which will have the STAR colours (Yellow, Red, Black, Green and Blue) with an assistance of Mduduzi Mthethwa from our Head Office (Hluhluwe), create Youth Parliament Banners and organized information packs to be given to stakeholders (our guests) to know more about Star for Life. Simphiwe, Sicelo and Madika Pheleu were given a task to invite the media and send invitations to the stakeholders such as; Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Social Development, Department of Justice, Gender commission, SAPS, SANCA, Ekupholeni, POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) and some NGO’s such as UNICEF, National Youth Agency, Save the Children, Nelson Mandela Children Fund and many more.


Furthermore, all the coaches are responsible to have workshops with learners to ensure that the thematic discussions are understood by all the schools and the activities such as poetry, music, dance, speeches, drama, power point presentations and speak out sessions are well prepared. Similarly, all coaches are accountable in ensuring that for refreshments all the necessary ingredients are purchased and the caterer has all she requested for to prepare for meals at the day of the event. Cebi and Thabile Khumalo will make confirmation calls to confirm with the stakeholders and media if their invitation sent has been received and accepted. Though anxious, we are excited and looking forward to the success of the approaching event.


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