Pro­gramme to up­lift, aid youth


SEVEN­TEEN schools at­tended the Tsholom­nqa Child and Youth Safe­guard­ing Pro­gramme (TCYSP) launch at, Tsholom­nqa High School, just out­side East Lon­don, on Fri­day.

The pro­gramme, which aims to ed­u­cate the youth on the dan­gers of drug abuse, was started by Yey­isa – an or­gan­i­sa­tion that tack­les is­sues facing dis­ad­van­taged youth.

The pro­gramme was launched to re­duce so­cial ills like teenage preg­nancy and sub­stance abuse while educating about the dan­gers of HIV/Aids and re­lated con­di­tions.

Yey­isa founder Bu­sisiwe Ntozini said the pro­gramme was es­tab­lished to in­spire young peo­ple to be­lieve in their dreams and as­pire to a bet­ter fu­ture and life.

Yey­isa looks into is­sues facing the youth, such as sub­stance abuse and teenage preg­nancy.

“As Yey­isa, we found that young peo­ple in Tsholom­nqa are vi­o­lent because of drug and al­co­hol abuse. This af­fects school­ing – we see this in the grade 12 pass rate which dropped ridicu­lously last year,” Ntozini said.

“The pro­gramme is on­go­ing and by next year we are look­ing into do­ing it again.”

Tsholom­nqa con­sists of a to­tal of 23 schools with two high schools and 21 pri­mary schools.

Tsholom­nqa High School prin­ci­pal Mphikeleli Bo­tomani high­lighted the high level of drugs and al­co­hol abuse among pupils as one of the chal­lenges the school is facing.

“We are a big school with 812 pupils and only 18 class­rooms. An­other chal­lenge the school is facing, is that we are still us­ing pit toi­lets,” he said.

Miss East­ern Cape Nomthandazo Shange spoke to pupils at the launch, en­cour­ag­ing them to set them­selves short- and long-term goals in or­der to achieve their dreams.

“The pro­gramme also aims to en­sure that pupils are in­spired to take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ed­u­ca­tion and sex­u­al­ity,” Ntozini said.

“It also en­cour­ages them to in­spire young peo­ple to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the fight against the HIV/Aids pan­demic and risk fac­tors which make young peo­ple vul­ner­a­ble to early preg­nancy and drug and sub­stance abuse,” she con­cluded.

The de­part­ments of health and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, the SAPS, Zanon­cedo Em­pow­er­ment, East­ern Cape Liquor Board, Isi­bindi, as well as the Small Projects Foun­da­tion was among the or­gan­i­sa­tions that acted as the key speak­ers at the pro­gramme launch.

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