2011: Teenagers’ Convention

Everyone made great memories at the camp.

Everyone made great memories at the camp.

Thirty teens from Qwaqwa, 40 teens from Mpumaze and 27 teens from Ermelo making it a total of 97 teens headed to the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve for our second teenagers’ convention that took place from 5th to 7th October 2011. This convention is part of Module 2 of “My Future, My Responsibility” financed by Bouygues Construction’s Foundation Terre Plurielle, Water Solutions Southern Africa, Michelin Tyres South Africa, as well as the ACCOR Foundation. It is aimed at developing our teens’ presentation and public speaking skills as well as their ability to analyse and synthesise.

Our Qwaqwa teens were very active and showed a vastly improved confidence in public speaking and English the first day, our Mpumaze group, who struggle a lot with English, was very quiet. But motivated by the achievements of their fellow Children of the Dawn, and boosted by the exciting activities in beautiful surroundings, they started to open up. The girls especially! They did well in the drama evening we had on Thursday night and they managed to pluck up the courage to speak clearly in front of everybody. Our team from Ermelo arrived without the required bedding; we almost had a heart attack. But the problem was soon sorted and the Ermelo teenagers proved very vocal and made many friends.

Our teens really enjoyed their surroundings, the activities on offer, away from the routine of home life. By sponsoring a child, you can make sure he/she accesses opportunities like that!