Humana Youth in Action Kagiso, a youth development and empowerment project held an event on the Saturday the 13th of October 2012. Using arts and culture performances and Themed, “We are against Alcohol”, the event aimed at promoting awareness to youth on issues that affect their lives when they indulge in alcohol and drug abuse. This event attended by 500 active youths, was unique in the sense that it was the youths themselves in the forefront and using their talents to teach their own peers the adverse effects of falling prey to societal vices like consumption of alcohol. Their passion and eagerness to perform dances, dramas, poems and some showcasing exhibitions of paintings was life changing for most that had the opportunity to witness the event.
Humana Youth in Action Kagiso is one of four Humana People to People in South Africa Projects carried out in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture with funding from the European Union running a comprehensive Arts and Culture Program. The Arts and Culture program aims to give youths in the townships a platform to showcase their talents at the same time express and building their communities through arts and culture performances. It is also a platform to air. Many youths in the townships of South Africa have the talents, so through guidance and being organised they will use performances as strong medium of not only positively influencing others but transform their own selves to a brighter future. The event was filled with active and involving performances that were all linked to the theme of the day. Starting at 11:30 to 18:00, the event was held at Chief Mogale Community Hall in Kagiso.
Humana Youth in Action Kagiso has twenty five clubs comprising of twenty youths each who through various art and culture forms express themselves on questions of importance in the communities and thus contribute positively to their communities’ development. At the event youths were able to showcase their talents and the skills that they have gained in their clubs. There were performances of cultural dances, modern dances, songs, poetry and paintings that all spoke to the theme, “We are against Alcohol”.
Part of the attendees of the event was Swaneville Ward 1 Councilor, David Litsiye.
“I am fully in support of such an event, especially the fact that its youth who are in the forefront and portraying positive messages to make a difference. Alcohol is one of the challenges in the area because it is linked to other issues that affect the youths, such as teenage pregnancies, crime and HIV/AIDS. The youths have lots of talent that they can show and I have seen it today, they need support to be able to use their talents to get out of the streets”, said the Councilor.
The youths were proud and happy about their performances and the message that they were putting forward to the audience which comprised of their fellow youths.
“I love music so much and I am happy to be performing to people who actually show interest in my music. My dream is to take my music to another level, have my own album and a studio,” an extract from an interview with Mary Banda who performed a song and a poem with her group.
“I would like to send this to my fellow youths, do not abuse alcohol because it will distract you from achieving your goals, keep you from succeeding and ultimately destroy your life”, said Thabang Ramela, one of the youths.
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