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Academy aims to right the wrongs of the past

In a bid to turn the failures in disadvantaged communities into success, the Helderberg Youth Academy (HYA) hopes to bring a resurgence of pride back into local communities.

It is hoped the formation of a steering committee comprising young and old community members will help address government’s failures within local communities.

“The HYA wants to set the pace and wishes to launch a professional organisation that promotes grassroots participation in this process [of restoring hope],” explains Shakoor Vallie, HYA spokesperson.

“The ultimate goal is immediately establishing an office to facilitate the programme.

“The HYA wants to initiate sports programmes, career guidance and extramural activities to get youths involved in their communities once again.”

About three decades ago, most schools in disadvantaged areas had active sporting programmes, Vallie says, but with the transformation of the education system these schools were negatively affected.

“Parents lost faith in our once proud institutions and started to withdraw their support of them,” he relates.

“Today, we experience delinquency and inactivity among youths; it is a sad legacy to leave for the next generation.”

The HYA hopes to launch the programme in Strand and later branch out to other communities in the basin.

It further hopes to join hands with all school governing bodies, religious institutions, NGOs, sports clubs and tertiary institutions to address the challenges faced by youths holistically and find solutions so the tide can turn.

“We also hope to bring members of the community, who have retired from their professions, on board to mentor youths,” says Vallie.

“The objective is to pursue a two-tiered approach – mass participation in all fields of activity and to nurture excellence.

“We intend to address our schooling system and curriculum areas for high schools as well as encourage more parent involvement at schools. “The greatest challenge will be to address capacity and means to transform schools.

“We need parents and the rest of the community to give direction so our schools can once again become institutions of excellence.”

The HYA is in the process of changing its objectives and becoming a professional organisation with a network of interested parties on board.

The newly established organisation will be launched at Dr G.J. Joubert Primary School in Strand at 18:30 on Monday 14 January.

Anyone interested in joining is invited to attend the launch. For more information, call Vallie on 078 392 9842.

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