District camp to em­power youth

36 to ben­e­fit from life-chang­ing event

Go! & Express - - Go! In King - DES­MOND COET­ZEE

A DISTRICT youth camp is sched­uled to be hosted at Ty­husha along Pierre Dam where Sandile’s Cave is lo­cated out­side King Wil­liam’s Town from Septem­ber 6 to 8.

The depart­ment of so­cial de­vel­op­ment, in con­junc­tion with Buf­falo City Met­ro­pol­i­tan (BCM), is host­ing the event in prepa­ra­tion for the East­ern Cape pro­vin­cial youth camp which will be held in Port Al­fred in Oc­to­ber.

So­cial de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cial and community de­vel­op­ment su­per­vi­sor No­ma­somi Soga told the GO! that it’s the first time that such an event would be hosted and it is promised to at­tract youth from var­i­ous ar­eas in the metro.

“This is some­thing new and it is aimed to en­cour­age young peo­ple to en­gage in di­a­logues that will ad­dress issues of cul­ture, indige­nous knowl­edge and the re­vival of ubuntu as it will also fo­cus on build­ing healthy, func­tion­ing com­mu­ni­ties with young peo­ple play­ing a vital and im­per­a­tive role,” Soga said.

“The district is tar­get­ing 36 young peo­ple [male and fe­male] be­tween 18 and 24 from six ser­vice of­fices in the metro. They will be equipped by the depart­ment and its part­ners with op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­pow­er­ment, skills de­vel­op­ment, ca­reer guid­ance, pro­mot­ing safety and healthy life­styles, as well as lead­er­ship build­ing.”

She added that the ob­jec­tives are to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment where young peo­ple are guided to en­hance their sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, to share their views and opin­ions on so­cial, eco­nomic, re­li­gious and cul­tural issues and as­sist them to de­velop pro­grammes that will ad­dress their chal­lenges.

“The list is end­less, such as to link young peo­ple to op­por­tu­ni­ties and to bring aware­ness about the im­pact of sub­stance and child abuse.”

Ac­cord­ing to Soga, the ser­vice of­fices are in East Lon­don, Mdantsane 1, Mdantsane 2, King, Zwelit­sha and Dim­baza. She added that the youth will be ac­com­mo­dated in King and trans­ported to Tyusha ev­ery morn­ing.

The pro­vin­cial depart­ment of sport, re­cre­ation, arts and cul­ture of­fi­cial Byron Ester­huizen said the pro­vin­cial youth camp in Port Al­fred was at­tended each year by 250 young peo­ple from around the prov­ince.

“It is a na­tional event and we as the prov­ince, and the hosts, wel­come the youth from all dis­tricts within the prov­ince to de­scend on a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ester­huizen said.

Brei­d­bach Pro­fes­sion­als Net­ball Club cap­tain Si­mone Ma­troos was a youth camp leader dur­ing the event in Port Al­fred a cou­ple of years back and rec­om­mended the camp to all young peo­ple.

“It was amaz­ing. Very ed­u­ca­tional, up­lift­ing and we had so many ac­tiv­i­ties, such as bak­ing, cook­ing, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in fun games. It was also my first time on the back of a horse. I re­ally en­joyed ev­ery mo­ment,” Ma­troos said.

“I strongly rec­om­mend ev­ery youth [who is] of­fered the op­por­tu­nity, to grab it with both hands as it is truly a life-chang­ing op­por­tu­nity.”

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