12 September 2013 Volume :1 Issue :1

Youth forum gains momentum

Youth forum gains momentum
info4africa/WCRP Youth Forum learners worked in groups to design a project for their school or larger community.

Info4africa data collection staff attended the info4africa/ World Conference on Religions and Peace (WCRP) (Durban Chapter) Youth Forum recently. Info4africa is a self-funded Centre of the School of Applied Human Sciences within the College of Humanities.

The info4africa team members joined youngsters from schools across eThekwini and beyond for an invigorating forum event. 

The Youth Forum focused on the topic “Be an Agent for Change!” which saw learners working in groups to design a project for their school or larger community.

Info4africa staff got involved by helping learners think up innovative ideas to bring their community together. Some learners planned sports days or cultural events with the aim of demonstrating peace, while others designed promotional materials which highlighted the importance of community cohesion, peace and unity. 

A member of the info4africa data collection team, Ms Nomfundo Bengu, said: ‘We created a poster for Peace Month. It was great to see young people willing to work together for their communities and willing to reach out to the most vulnerable people in our country.

Her colleague, Mr Wandile Mkhize, also commented on the forum saying, ‘It was a productive forum, and it was inspirational to see young people take charge of their community responsibilities and become aware they can change the nation through their actions.’

The info4africa/WCRP Youth Forums take place on a quarterly basis throughout the year, and seek to bring together school pupils from across eThekwini to find positive solutions to societal problems.

For more information on these and other forum events, please visit www.info4africa.org.za

author : Melissa Mungroo
author email : mungroo@ukzn.ac.za