The Community Development Association (CDA) partnered with UKZN to conduct a Masakhane Youth Leadership Course for Grade 7 pupils.
The youngsters, who were from a variety of Durban schools, were given an opportunity to attend the leadership course at UKZN.
The main focus of the programme is to help develop the next generation of youth leaders and encourage critical engagement with social issues.
Learners were given advice about good leadership qualities and career guidance direction.
CDA mentor Mr Sakhile Ngcobo said the programme brought together both private and public schools so learners could absorb new skills and ideas.
‘This programme was specifically for Grade 7 because we wanted to encourage them to choose their subjects wisely as that will enable them to apply for University courses they want to do. The learners were also given a heads-up about what to expect in high school,’ said Ngcobo.
Said Greenwood Park Primary School teacher, Miss A Williams: ‘It was very exciting for our learners because they acquired new skills and also had a chance to interact with children from other schools.’
Acting Dean and Head of the School of Education, Professor Thabo Msibi, said: ‘The Masakhane Youth Leadership Course provides first-hand experience of life in institutions of higher learning while equipping learners with the tools to critically interrogate their local spaces with a self-motivated solution-centred lens.’