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Students map out their future
19 April 2010

Joburg students take part in a teambuilding exercise (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)

Members of the Johannesburg Student Council are on a four-day camp where they are getting to grips with issues that affect the youth.

ISSUES concerning the youth in their daily lives are being confronted and discussed at Konka Camps in Magaliesburg, by the Johannesburg Student Council.

South Africa prides itself on producing outstanding leaders: Speaker of council Nkele Ntingane
South Africa prides itself on producing outstanding leaders, says Speaker of council Nkele Ntingane (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg)

The objectives of this initiative are: to broaden awareness of the scope and severity of the social challenges faced by the youth of South Africa; to create an empowering environment for the youth to address these issues; to highlight these issues among members of parliament; and to encourage the youth to create a positive vision of a future South Africa, while considering the actions and attitudes that will be required to make this vision a reality.

While waiting for the bus to depart for the four-day leadership summit, which started on Sunday, 18 April and ends on 21 April, proud parents hugged their children goodbye.

Sydney Tomma, from the Emakhaya Street Kids Project in Lenasia, said: "I'm very excited as a caregiver to see these kids leave for such an event because they will be discussing issues affecting them and their future."

Susan Deborah Tshabalala, the mother of one of the students, said: "I'm very open-minded so when she got home and told me she was [on the Joburg] Student Council, I was happy. I hope she takes this opportunity to learn other cultures."
 

 


 


Doing good

With the theme of the camp "Caught doing good", aiming to enhance public participation, the children were addressed by Nkele Ntingane, the Speaker of council, at Konka Camps. Joburg's Student and Children's councils fall under her Office.

"South Africa prides itself on producing leaders who have, throughout ages, led its people with moral rectitude ... Let us draw inspiration from these individuals and run with the baton which we have readily accepted," she said.

Joburg students listen attentively at the Citizenship Learners Summit
Joburg students listen attentively at the Citizenship Learners Summit (Photo: Enoch Lehung, City of Johannesburg) 

The junior mayor, Stephanie van Stratten, said: "This camp represents the development of the voice we as youth have in our cities, countries and even the world ... By taking part in this summit we are playing a part in shaping the future, its people and its leaders."

Bongani Khumalo, the head facilitator at the camp, said: "It is not every day that you get such an opportunity so you have to get involved holistically - mind, body and soul."

Previous members of the student council who achieved wonderful results in matric were also celebrated. They were: Wallied Frazer (five distinctions), Boris Dobrijovic (five distinctions), Khayalethu Hlophe-Kunene (five distinctions), Matlala Serhova (four distinctions) and Tasneem Green (four distinctions).

Dobrijovic has earned a scholarship for his efforts and will be attending Morehouse College in the United States. "I'm overwhelmed to be able to study business and finance at the college," Dobrijovic said.
 

 


 


Teambuilding

The programme for the first day of camp included a teambuilding activity. Participants were divided into groups, representing countries, in which they will remain for the duration of the camp. The countries are England, Spain, France, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, Nigeria, Italy and South Africa.

From "junk", they had to make a flag and mascot, draw up a motto and compose a war-cry for their respective countries.

The mottos included "No guts, no glory"; "Pluto: People like us taking over"; "Merciless best"; and "Siyabangena nge Naira". The winning team of this activity was South Africa, while Portugal and Italy were second and third, respectively.

Annelene Fisher, the assistant director of admissions at the African Leadership Academy, gave a presentation on developing the next generation of African leaders.

In the evening, the students had a talent show showing off their skills in dancing, singing, poetry and rapping.

The Johannesburg Student Council invites all schools in Joburg to participate in it. Each school nominates two students to represent it. At present, 65 schools are represented on the council, and 130 students take part in its activities. The focus of the student council is to develop informed citizens who will participate more effectively in issues affecting them.
 

 


 

Related stories:

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Youth councils get to work

Johannesburg Student Council

 


 

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Last Updated on 19 February 2013