Last week, pupils in Komani were invited to be part of the illustrious President’s Award, a program that focuses on youth development, bolstering social cohesion and encouraging responsible citizenry.
Siyaphakama, Hexagon, Maria Louw, John Noah, Hangklip, Girls’ High, Queen’s College and Kwa-komani Comprehensive School were visited in Komani and new pupils were encouraged to join, while those who were inactive were reinvigorated.
The President’s Award is given to pupils for participating in activities that include community service, playing school sport, tackling an adventure and acquiring a new skill.
Pupils dedicate different numbers of hours for each activity and are then awarded bronze, silver or gold medals.
Tandokuhle Tyampu, award leader at Maria Louw, said he had enjoyed being involved with the President’s Award because of the social projects they undertook.
“We are currently cooking for shelters and I am enjoying that, but it also helps us get together and builds camaraderie among us. We are working towards silver medals, but we also have members who joined this year and are helping them get their bronze medals,” he said.
Eastern Cape program coordinator, Qhama Dyakala, said the visits were part of presentations across the province, encouraging those pupils who were involved and targeting new ones.
“It is all about building young people and allowing them to network and make friends. Children are excited about the program because they have become aware of it and want to jump on board,” said Dyakala.
He said the visit to Komani was a success, with award leaders from the participating schools being “very supportive”.