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Children's Council is at camp
29 April 2010

The Children's Council is at Konka Camps

Learners from the Joburg Children's Council are taking part in a leadership camp, to learn how to be good citizens.

THE Joburg Children's Council is hosting a leadership camp where learners from diverse social and cultural backgrounds can talk about their roles as citizens.

Group activities at Konka Camps
Group activities at Konka Camps

Taking place at Konka Camps in Magaliesburg until 29 April, the camp follows from the success of the four-day camp held by the City's Student Council from 18 to 21 April at the same venue.

According to Yusuf Lachporia, the manager of the Student and Children's councils in the Office of the Speaker, the camp won't be just fun and games. There will be daily presentations by various institutions, as well as group activities.

These institutions are: Save the Children; Independent Electoral Commission; Pikitup; Youth for Human Rights; and Sanca, the council against alcohol and drug abuse.

Lachporia says the objectives of the camp are to:

  • Create a platform for learners from diverse social and cultural backgrounds to engage in discussions, dialogue and debate with regard to their instrumental roles as citizens;
  • Promote volunteerism among the learners and create ambassadors who, as active citizens, will take pride in their communities, cities and countries;
  • Instill a sense of civic ownership in the learners through different activities aimed at conserving our environment;
  • Provide a platform for them to present their ideas and opinions, to develop new skills and knowledge, and to see themselves as members of a process that can influence law, government and the way things are done;
  • Instill in young people a sense of their own responsibility for developing and participating in solutions to the challenges facing their communities;
  • Allow them an opportunity of learning through fun;
  • Encourage them to become aware of the plight of the less fortunate and to instill in them a passion of caring and concern;
  • Create awareness in them of the importance of caring for the environment; and
  • Allow them to experience democracy through campaigning and voting.

Launched at the end of 2007, the Children's Council was established exclusively for 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.

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, who will also learn how a city the size of Johannesburg operates.

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