The Safer South Africa Foundation (SSAF) launched its anti-crime youth programme in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday with East London’s John Bisseker Secondary School the first school earmarked for the initiative. l to be involved.
SSAF provincial co-ordinator Claudette van Zyl said the aim of the programme is to mobilise and empower communities to help in the fight against crime and to promote security by providing and independent perspective on policing, reintegration of offenders and road safety.
“We want to educate the public about the functioning of the criminal justice system and support research to inform community-based crime prevention strategies,” she said.
“When we identified [John Bisseker Secondary] school, we had to engage with all parties – school governing bodies, parents, stakeholders and pupils.
“When the programme starts, it’s important to brief the pupils on the aims of the programme. For me, it’s important that the pupils attend the whole programme so that they can evaluate it,” Van Zyl said.
The programme started on January 29 with 40 pupils from grade 8 to 11 taking part.
The pupils listened to talks by government stakeholders, the SAPS, East London traffic department, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), department of correctional services (DCS) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC).
All stakeholders shared what work is involved during a typical day at work entails and offered career guidance.
Van Zyl said that after the programme, the pupils would be are instructed to write an essay on the effects of crime in communities.
The best essay will be awarded a floating trophy and medal, and some pupils will be chosen to be ambassadors for #You4SaferSouthAfrica.
The programme is run at no cost to the school, and the pupils receive lunch provide by SSAF. For more information on the programme, please contact Van Zyl on 082-331-1189.