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Johannesburg Children's Council Print E-mail
11 October 2007
Children's council

AT the end of 2007, buoyed by the success of its Students' Council, the City of Johannesburg decided to launch a Children's Council, aimed exclusively at Grade Six learners.

The five-year project encompasses all schools in Joburg. It envisages accommodating 60 different schools each year, ensuring that at its conclusion, 300 schools will have been involved in the project.

In October 2007, invitations were extended to all primary schools to apply for inclusion in the Children's Council. Together with the application form, schools had to submit the names of two learners who would represent the school on the council. To date, the participation of 58 schools has been finalised; the final two still have to confirm their participation. In all, 120 children will participate in the pilot project.

All seven City regions are represented:

Children's council programme

Since mid-October, the staff of the Citizenship Department has been doing a road show in the City of Joburg to inform primary schools of this project. Thus far, presentations have been done in four regions namely the north, west and south.
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Region A (Diepsloot/Midrand) - two schools;
Region B (Rosebank/Parktown) - nine schools;
Region C (Roodepoort) - seven schools;
Region D (Soweto/Diepkloof) - 13 schools;
Region E (Wynberg/Alexandra) - nine schools;
Region F (Johannesburg/Aeroton/Southgate) - six schools; and
Region G (Lenasia/Ennerdale/Orange Farm) - 12 schools.

The nine schools from Region B are Bosmont Muslim School, Claremont Primary, Dowling Primary, Everest Primary, Generaal Christiaan de Wet, FDR Primary, Greenside Primary, Risidale Primary and St Katharine's School.

A year-long programme has been designed for the learners, which aims to instill in them a sense of civic pride. The City would also like to educate learners on what it means to be a model citizen; it sees these learners as being ambassadors of Joburg. They will also learn how a city the size of Johannesburg operates.

The City is excited about the opportunities the project presents and anticipates an exciting year ahead for these learners.

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Last Updated on 19 February 2013