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16 February 2010

The Joburg Student Council has a busy year ahead

Starting with handing out awards to its top performing matrics, the Johannesburg Student and Children's councils are filling their calendars.

THE Johannesburg Student and Children's councils begin their working year with an awards ceremony to congratulate their outstanding matrics from 2009.

Nkele Ntingane, the Speaker will be on hand to congratulate successful matriculants
Nkele Ntingane, the Speaker will be on hand to congratulate successful matriculants

The junior councils have written up their diaries until April, starting with an awards ceremony for outstanding matriculants on 17 February. A few days later, there will be a stakeholders' meeting, on 24 February, followed by a youth summit from 18 to 21 April and a children's camp from 26 to 29 April.



Matric awards
An awards function for matriculants on the council who achieved outstanding results in their final exams at the end of last year, will take place on Wednesday in Braamfontein, at the Joburg Theatre Complex Penthouse, at 7pm.

"We are congratulating the students and thanking them for their outstanding performance," says Yusuf Lachporia, the manager of the Student and Children's councils in the Office of the Speaker. The Speaker, Nkele Ntingane, and the director of the City council will congratulate the students.

Boris Dobrijevic, who attended Randpark High School, will be one of the recipients. Dobrijevic got five distinctions in matric and landed a full scholarship to Morehouse College in the United States. He was part of the delegation that went on an exchange programme to Atlanta, in the US, in 2009. Serbian by birth, Dobrijevic came to South Africa as a refugee when his family fled the Serbian war.

A stakeholders' meeting will take place on 24 February at the Metropolitan Centre, in Braamfontein. It will be an update meeting for partners in the Youth Summit to discuss progress towards that event.



Youth Summit
The Johannesburg Student Council will hold the Youth Summit at Konka Camps in Magaliesburg from 18 to 21 April. The theme of the summit is "Caught doing good" and will be a "promotion of good citizenry and fostering pride in one's community, city and country", according to the Project Management Plan.

"This summit is going to be youth-orientated and funky," says Brenda Andrews, the manager of citizenship in the student council.

Joburg students travelled to Germany to share ideas and network
Joburg students travelled to Germany to share ideas and network
Its main objectives are to create a platform for youth from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to engage in discussions, dialogue and debate; promote volunteerism among the youth; instil a sense of civic ownership in the youth; and provide a platform for students to see themselves as part of a process that can influence law, government and the way things are done.

The summit partners are the City's human development directorate, department of economic development, Pikitup and website, the June 16 Youth Foundation, the Gauteng department of education, the African Leadership Academy, the US Embassy, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Independent Electoral Committee and Sanca, the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.



The Johannesburg Children's Council camp will also take place at Konka Camps, from 26 to 29 April. A leadership and project management camp, it will instil qualities of leadership in the children through various activities.

"At the camp we will elect a children's council mayor and Speaker and after ... the camp, they will be given certificates," Andrews says.

In 2009, 12 student councillors went to Germany as part of an exchange programme with Schullerinnenkamer Hamburg. Lachporia explains that this was to expose the youngsters to different cultures and worldviews, and so that they could network.

The student council was established in 2007 with the aim of creating a platform for young citizens to hold meaningful dialogues and debates around citizenship and issues that affect them, to interact with youth from different social and cultural backgrounds, and to be exposed to the working of local government and their roles as citizens of the city.

It comprises 120 Grade 11 learners across the city. The programme developed for the council has as its core objectives, civic awareness, training and development. The children's council was launched in 2008; 53 schools participate, each sending two children to the council.


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