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Friday, 14 November 2014 06:39

School Outreaches During 2013

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CYPSA1During 2013, teams from various branches from the Concerned Community reached out to 177 484 learners in 586 schools throughout five provinces within South Africa. In addition the team has also been interviewed by various radio stations. Topics addressed were drug abuse, pornography addiction, teenage pregnancies, human trafficking and motivational talks. The teams were well received by the schools and many principals urged the team to re-visit them on an ongoing basis.

Some Umphakathi boys (previously drug addicts) joined the team and shared with the learners their life stories. In return, many learners could identify with them and shared their burdens and troubles with the team. The need amongst the various communities, which overflowed to the schools, were mainly drug abuse, gangsterism, carrying of dangerous weapons, abuse, bullying, absenteeism, ill-discipline and teenage pregnancies. As many learners lacked motivation to prepare for the exam, the speakers emphasised the need for skilled and educated communities during their visits. The principals welcomed this initiative and some suggested that it will be extended to a national program.

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