Young citizens look for solutions to solve challenges

Thabiso Rantsho, Raymond Geldenhuys, Mero-Chelle Classen, Mihle Tshangana, Ms Lucresia Harrison (teacher and YCAP co-ordinator) Micle Makosonke, Gugulethu Kubheka, Ondela Mashiya and Helena Seebran are the YCAP team.

Simon’s Town School pupils will represent the Western Cape in a national competition that encourages young people to become active citizens.
The Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) gets pupils from primary and secondary schools to find solutions to problems in their communities. The programme is run by Empowervate, an NPO, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education.
The Simon’s Town School’s YCAP team will take part in the national YCAP competition in Pretoria from Friday July 22 to Sunday July 24.
Schools from the nine provinces presented their projects at a series of exhibitions across the country in the second term. The Western Cape event was held at Simon’s Town School on Saturday June 11. The host school’s YCAP team, called SOUP-R (pronounced as Super), won the provincial leg of the contest for its community work, which included adopting a feeding scheme.
The YCAP team has, together with the staff and pupils, also taken part in the Children 4 Children campaign, an initiative of the National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA).
Simon’s Town School has pledged to support organisations which care for vulnerable children. The YCAP team, together with the Simon’s Town School community, has supported the Sibongile Day and Night Centre, which helps children with cerebral palsy and other severe disabilities in Khayelitsha.
Two YCAP pupils, Helena Seebran and Raymond Geldenhuys, attended the Children 4 Children handover ceremony on Monday June 6.
The school would like the whole team of eight to take part in the nationals and is asking for help to pay for the flights and accommodation of three pupils. Sponsors can contact the school at postmaster@
sths.wcape.school.za.