There was an air of great excitement in the heart of Diepsloot on Wednesday 20 November when the DYP hosted its annual award ceremony for the best performing students in the various streams of the programme including soccer, netball, study skills and homework club as well as arts and culture.
The programme was established in 2012 by the South African Police Service Youth Desk and the Personal Achievement Centre. Six young local people from different backgrounds were recruited and trained as facilitators to go into schools and improve the prospects for the children of the area.
Much of the work focuses on empowering the youngsters to embrace education, believe in themselves and reduce drug abuse by introducing supervised homework, sport and cultural activities to them.
At the award ceremony, participants were asked what they’d learnt during the course of the year and answers were many and varied: “We learnt about the dangers of taking drugs”; “We do better in school because we have supervised homework”; “I found out that I’m good at soccer” and “I didn’t realise that netball is such fun.”
Programme director Sophy Tlhabadira commended the group of nominees, saying that their hard work during the course of the year has paid off!
Visit https://www.dyp.co.za/ for more details about the programme.