On the 2nd of December 2016 Africa Unite held a Red Carpet Awards Ceremony at 6 Spin Street Cape Town in order to honor its Africa Unite School clubs. The awards attracted over 100 people. These school clubs have been established in the following previously disadvantaged schools of the Western Cape Province : Spes Bona High School (Athlone), Simunye High School (Delft) , Masibambane (Kraaifontein), Zonnebloem Nest High School (Woodstock) and Mountview High school (Hanover Park). Recently another school club was established at Phezulu High School in Hammersdale Township in KwaZulu Natal.
The club has a slogan ‘My school is my community’ as learners spend more than 60% of their time in school. The school club gives learners the opportunity to become agents of change within their schools and communities. During 2016 the above school clubs undertook many activities in their respective schools and communities. The Red Carpet Awards were initiated in order to encourage and inspire the learners to continue being role models in their respective schools and communities. Seventeen awards were given according to the following categories:
Best Alumni – Most dedicated Parliamentarian – Most supportive Matron/ Patron – Most Supportive Principal – Best Minister of Environment – Best Minister of Sports, Culture and Entertainment – Best Minister of Information and Public Relations – Best Minister of Social Development – Best Minister of Finance – Grade 11 Certificates – Best President – Most outstanding Cabinet Member – Best Media Representative – Most Diverse school club – Best Fundraising school club – Most Improved Cabinet and Best School Club.
The awards ceremony was attended by different stakeholders from the school principals, teachers, community members, local councillors, members of the Western Cape Department of Education, members of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), representatives of Old Mutual, media representatives and local NGOs.
Each school club was obliged to give a presentation of the activities undertaken which was supposed to be seconded by a testimony from a school member or community leader. During their presentations, a number of activities were highlighted such as election of the cabinets, cabinet meetings, leadership camp, school dialogues, fundraising events, old age home reach out, soup kitchen, environmental awareness campaigns, networks created in the community etc.
The ceremony saw the schools walking away with the following awards:
- Simunye High received the Best School Club Award – The school received a trophy and certificates. The club has been working extensively in reducing gangsterism, bullying and peer pressure among the learners through various school dialogues. They have also worked closely with the Delft Police, local Spar, City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation Department, Department of Sports and Recreation and various community leaders.
- Masibambane Senior Secondary School received Most Improved Cabinet Award– The school walked away with a trophy and certificates . Although the club was established later this year, they have undertaken many activities such as environmental campaigns, school garden, talent show and sporting activities. Their Councillor of (ward 101 in Kraaifontein) gave an interesting account on how he has collaborated with the school club. He also mentioned that he invited the school club to attend their Integrated Development Plan (IDP) meeting in which the school club successfully lobbied for free WIFI in Bloekombos Township
- Spes Bona High received the Best Fundraising School Award – They received a cheque of R500 due to their clean financial audit. Their incomes and expenditure was well recorded.
- Zonnebloem N.E.S.T Senior received Most Diverse School Club – They a received a certificate due to their gender balanced and cultural diverse cabinet.
Besides the school awards there were also individual awards given to the best supportive principal, Mr Naidoo and best Matron/Patron Mr Nnamedi both from Masibabane High School. In addition, there were also various awards given to the learners in relation to their performances in their different Portfolio.
The representatives of the Western Cape Department of Education were very impressed with the level of initiative undertaken by the learners in different school clubs. Furthermore, they mentioned that the Africa Unite School clubs can be invited to take part during their Annual School Summit in June 2017. The IEC also proposed that next year an extra award for the Best Democratic school club can be added in which they are willing to sponsor.
There were also various performances by young people to entertain the audience. In conclusion, the Africa Unite chairperson Vincent Williams expressed that he does not have a word to describe the achievements and thanked all the guests, staff and interns for the job well done.
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