Pupils saluted for making a difference
The US Embassy has recognised the achievements of a group of Mamelodi pupils for conceptualising, organising and implementing civic projects that sought to create solutions to problems within their schools and communities.
Speaking at a ceremony this week at the University of Pretoria Mamelodi campus, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth McKay said: “Our Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room helps empower youth with the knowledge, courage, and skills to make a meaningful change to better the lives of those around them.
“Through this programme, we have been exceptionally proud to see students create projects that will make positive change in their schools and communities.”
The youths, who were given certificates, were participants in the sponsored initiative in Mamelodi. Other partners involved in the initiative, aimed at developing leadership and project management skills, included Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (Cafsa), the Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP), and Empowervate.
“Over the past three months, students have partaken in training workshops and developed projects of interest to them and their communities,” said the embassy.
“For example, t he g r o ups developed awareness campaigns around the rights of the LGBTIQ c o m m u n i t y, started a vegetable garden to contribute to a school lunch programme, and initiated a schoolwide clean-up and recycling initiative.” The pupils were from Prosperitus Secondary School, Solomon Mahlangu Freedom School, Gatang Secondary School and Ribane Laka Secondary School.
“These programmes, sponsored by the US Department of State, promote dialogue and encourage mutual understanding between Americans and South Africans.” – ANA
We are proud to see students create projects that’ll make positive changes Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth McKay