Pupils saluted for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

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

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