Helping Hands empowers Merebank youth

Merebank Secondary School pupils, together with the members of Helping Hands of Merebank and Merebank Library staff.

Helping Hands of Merebank, together with the Merebank Library, hosted a Youth Empowerment Programme for pupils of Merebank High School, recently.

The pupils were educated on various topics related to substance abuse, violence, bullying and self-empowerment. Among the guest speakers was SDB ABM Social Development co-ordinator, Anitha Govender, who gave pupils advice on how to stay empowered and well-motivated. Community worker, Nathan Wells, encouraged and motivated pupils to start thinking more positively and also spoke to pupils about substance abuse.

Wentworth SAPS member,W/O Ballan Reddi, addressed pupils on bullying and how to deal with it if they are a victims of it. Pupils were overjoyed and gained a lot of knowledge from the programme.  Farah Shaik, a grade 8 pupil said, “The programme was educational and inspiring. Many pupils have benefited from this learning experience.”

Apart from serious talks and laughter, pupils gained more than just a learning experience. Banele Bhenga, a grade 11 pupil said, “What we learnt today should be passed on to our friends and family. We need to take what we have learnt and educate others.”

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