Project 29 kick off

10 August 2017 | Columns

Leandrea Louw

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Leandrea Louw

Project 29, a youth mentorship programme, kicked off last week.

Over 90 pupils aged 14 to 16 from different schools received mentorship to help them cope throughout their high school careers.

Volunteer mentors, who signed two-year contracts, were assigned three learners each and will be responsible for checking on the learners and communicating with their parents on a regular basis. Learners can talk to their mentors about the challenges they are facing, like peer pressure, socials evils and anything else they have on their hearts.

The day started off with a march from the Kuisebmond Stadium to the Kuisebmond Hall, where they were motivated by various speakers. These speakers include Mr Paul Fisher, principal of Narraville Primary School, prisoners from the Walvis Bay Correctional Facility who are part of the Coastal Offenders Drug Awareness Campaign Group (CODAC) and Spur Walvis Bay manager Karel Esterhuizen.

The learners also received study tips and advice from Tuilika Andreas, the top leaner in the 2016 grade 10 JSC examinations in the Erongo region, and Roux-Che Shidute, also a top grade 10 student.

The learners were also motivated by Dr Chairmaine Kandombo, a local dentist.

The coordinators of the project include John Paul Shafetango, Taati Niilenge, Dapandula Claasen, Ester Josef, Elizabeth Andreas and Natasha Kasper.

“Our main aim is to educate, inspire and motivate these children. Many of the choices these kids make are because of lack of knowledge,” Shafetango said.

Project 29 aims to branch out to Swakopmund and eventually to the rest of the country.