Safe Schools holiday programme empower and entertain learners
8 April 2022
Hundreds of learners across the Western Cape attended programmes focusing on topics like anti-bullying, conflict management, leadership, life skills and career guidance during the recent school holidays.
The holiday programme was organised by Safe Schools in collaboration with, amongst others, the Department of Social Development, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the South African Police Services and other law enforcement agencies, the City of Cape Town, various NGO's and community organisations.
Nazeem Sheik-Ismail of Safe Schools said the holiday programme formed part of their youth development programmes and promote the right of young people to exist in an environment that is free of violence, exploitation, abuse, fear and suspicion. “Through life skills education, they are empowered to collectively discuss and address various issues related to health, economic, social, and emotional problems, that may be contributing to their schools and communities becoming unsafe. Understanding these issues is intended to motivate our school going youth to share information and encourage change in self-destructive attitudes, as well as to promote values of mutual respect and peaceful conflict-resolution amongst their peers.”
He said learners were continually empowered with knowledge and skills through life skill programmes, sports, arts and cultural activities.
Water safety and swimming programmes were some of the popular activities with learners from Bonteheuwel and Atlantis eagerly making use of the warm weather to spend time in the swimming pool. A group of learners from Westville Primary and Meadowridge Primary learned about sea life and snorkelling and took part in a beach clean-up.
Leaners from Riebeeck Wes Primary now know the Safe Schools toll free number (0800 454647) by heart after they were taught about the purpose and operations of the helpline. The programme facilitated by the WCED, SAPS, DCAS and Pop Youth equipped participants with communication tools to share emotions and build empathetic listening. They were entertained with a puppet show by SAPS, a sniffer dog demonstration, fun games, storytelling and group work.
At Parkwood Primary, participants were taken through their paces and learnt about the discipline required for marching and drilling. The programme included sporting activities and games and addressed self-esteem, behaviour, substance abuse and anti-violence.
A programme by the Metro Police at Princess Vlei included a drilling session, tackling an obstacle course and learning about drub abuse, peer pressure, bullying and gangsterism through role play.
A successful and informative holiday programme was enjoyed by all!