Hol­i­day arts, crafts for youth


De­cem­ber school hol­i­days are upon us and Fam­i­lies South Africa (Famsa) along with the Khanya Cen­tre have re­vived a three-day hol­i­day pro­gramme for grade 6 and 7 pupils.

“The pro­gramme was sup­posed to be for only grade 6s and 7s but when we started on Mon­day, we saw there were younger chil­dren who are also in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing, so we couldn’t de­prive them from learn­ing dif­fer­ent life skills,” Famsa so­cial worker Sin­clair Makoba said.

“The aim of the hol­i­day pro­gramme is to keep chil­dren off the streets and con­struc­tively en­gage them over a three-day pe­riod with fun ac­tiv­i­ties, ed­u­cat­ing them in var­i­ous life­style top­ics and teach­ing them var­i­ous art and crafts.

“Dur­ing the school hol­i­days, they get bored and be­come tar­gets for crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties in their com­mu­nity.”

The chil­dren learned dance moves from Free 2 Dance Net­work, while oth­ers were taught the finer points of vol­ley­ball by the War­riors Vol­ley Club. There were also pot­tery and draw­ing lessons by Dun­can Vil­lage Art Cen­tre.

The pro­gramme has ap­prox­i­mately 110 chil­dren, and is sup­ported by var­i­ous stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the fire de­part­ment, de­part­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices, SA Po­lice Ser­vices, PnA Sta­tion­ers and White Door of Hope.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

GIV­ING BACK: Claren­don High grade 8 pupils de­cided to end their first year of high school by do­nat­ing toys, books, cloth­ing and more to Help­ing Those in Need, who will use th­ese do­na­tions to­wards the many Christ­mas par­ties they host for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren at the end of the year. They are, from left, Sarah Campbell, Anna Lukose, Sofia Saffy, Zi­nathi Mt­shat­sheni, An­gel­ica dos San­tos, Sascha Mor­timer, San­disiwe Tafeni, Sihle Ncwana, On­waba Nkuk­wana

Pic­ture: Neville Crow­der

READY OR NOT: Matt Crow­der is al­ready all set to tackle the 2019 school year

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