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The Swedish architect and philanthropist Peder Wallenberg visited Star For Life schools

posted 9 Sept 2013, 06:59 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 10 Sept 2013, 00:43 ]
The Swedish architect and philanthropist Peder Wallenberg visited Star For Life schools in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal between 28-30 August together with his fiancé Josine Ahirondereye. The purpose of the visit was to learn more about the SFL programme and methodology and to explore the possibility of applying the SFL programme in the 'Amahoro' project that Mr Wallenberg launched in Burundi some six years ago. The project works with youth to help bridge the ethnic and communal divides that has scarred the society since the genocide in 1994.


Cwakeme High School Choir singing during Peder's visit at the school

The couple visited a High School in Katlehong and a High School and Primary School in Hluhluwe. These meetings and engagements with Principals, teachers and learners were all very powerful and rich with music, theatre, testimonies and reflections. During the very intense three days we also had the opportunity to several discussions with SFL colleagues and one member of our Board. All of this resulted in a joint commitment to further explore opportunities for mutual learning between Star For life and Amahoro, and we have tentative plans to visit the project in Burundi as well as receive visitors from Amahoro to receive training in the SFL programme. The partnership may lead to us developing a version of Star For Life in French! We want to thank Mr Wallenberg for taking an interest in Star For Life and we are certain our partnership will strengthen our two organisations to provide better services and motivation so that ever more young people in Africa can overcome their challenges and make the most of their lives. 

From right; The SFL Executive Director Dr Per Strand, Josine Ahirondereye, Mr Lubanyana, Mr Peder Wallenberg, SFL Area Manager Precious Dlamini and Life Skill Coach Thapelo Jali.