June was youth month in South Africa and our Education Department had a packed programme running various initiatives. It kicked off with high school Peer Educators running awareness campaigns in three schools using various art forms to portray positive life style messages. The pupils had an opportunity to use drama, music, dance and poetry to convey messages of hope through education and a fight against social ills including HIV/AIDS. Collectively, 2 043 high school learners were impacted by these events and challenged to think through their decisions and intentionally choose healthy behaviour.
Career guidance sessions were also held across sevens schools in the Valley, where our Education team partnered with volunteer students from the University of KwaZulu Natal from different fields of study. 983 pupils were equipped with information about how to prepare themselves not only academically but also emotionally and mentally for higher education and which potential doors to knock on for bursary opportunities. Students were given forms for the Central Applications Office (CAO) which is the channelling office for tertiary studies in KwaZulu-Natal.
Our team was also invited to the city’s Youth Indaba that took place in Durban on June 14-15. This event featured different organisations across various sectors which focus on servicing and developing the youth of Durban. Our team was one of the organisations invited to present our services that are accessible to youth including health screening, HIV counselling and testing, and volunteering. Our team used this opportunity to address the youth and motivated them to forge ahead, despite the challenges faced, to be committed to working hard, developing themselves and playing their part for a better South Africa!