THE South African National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro), supported by key stakeholders recently hosted a graduation ceremony for pupils learners who participated in their two-year safety ambassador programme.
Nicro, a national non-governmental organisation that provides comprehensive crime prevention services, partnered with the South African Police Services (SAPS), Education Safer Schools, as well as the dDepartments of Ccorrectional Sservices and Department of Ssocial Ddevelopment and Education Safer Schools in the programme that started on April 1 2016 and which aims to prevent crime in schools.
Nicro Ooffice Mmanager, Emmison Muleya, said Nicro had chosen Nompendulo High School in Zwelitsha (King William’s Town), Ulwazi High School (Mdantsane), as well as Sakhikamva High School in Nompendulo (Beacon Bay), as these were crime hotspots.
A total of 30 pupils learners were chosen from each school.
“As part of their training, the pupils learners were taught life skills and adventure therapy. To prepare them for tough situations, they were mentored on bullying, bullyism, gangsterism, gender stereotypes and teenage pregnancy.”
Police spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi said the pupils who had graduated, would train other pupils learners from neighbouring schools on the prevention of crime.
“The graduates will also participate in community initiatives and events that are related to crime prevention in our schools and the community.”
Nicro was appealing to community members for their support with funding to support more pupils learners and schools.