Five Upington High School learners, Khanyo Poni, Philip Marais, Khanyisile Khohli, Melisha Silwer and Tiffany Diedericks, were chosen to participate in the Provincial Youth Camp that took place from 1-8 October 2016.
The camp was hosted by the Department of Sport and Recreation, together with Love Life, and it was a huge success. Their mission is to ensure that young people participate in sport, serve the community and also to promote social cohesion and nation building.
The theme of the camp was “YOUth CAN” and the motto was “Lead, Learn and Serve”.
Every morning learners had an hour exercise from 5:00 to 6:00. Khanyo Poni says, “We also had daily 6 hour classes during the week, based on different topics namely Leadership, Social cohesion and Nation building, from Monday to Wednesday. Thursday, 6 October 2016, we did community service in the township of Warrenton; we cleaned and cooked at old age homes, at Homes of disability and the Lab in town, so the 250 of us were divided in 3 different groups. On Friday, the 7th of October 2016, we graduated as Official Trail Blazers, which means we were chosen members of the Youth Camp Movement at the closing ceremony.”
Of the 250 learners who attended the camp, 10 were chosen as Leaders of the Trailblazer Movement, which will be an ongoing project until the next youth camp in 2017. These learners will participate in a National camp where all provinces gather as members of the Trailblazer movement. Three of the Upington High learners present were chosen to represent the Northern Cape on national level, namely Khanyo Poni, Philip Marais and Khanyisile Khohli. Khanyi was chosen as secretary of the Northern Cape movement and Khanyo Poni as chair person.
UHS is very proud of these learners who are demonstrating all the qualities that the school strives for and the values we hold dear.