18 March 2016
For Immediate Release
Eldorado Park Youth in Partnership with Freedom Park Challenge Social Problems
On 19- 20 March 2016 Freedom Park , Eldorado Park youths, Community organizations, and Delft Western Cape youth embarked on training activities, in preparations for the launch of this project taking place in June 2016. This initiative supports the community of Eldorado Park’s endeavor to raise children who would not be involved in drugs and other substance abuse.
The Delft Generation (DGC) is an initiative established in 2011 by Warrant Officer Mickey Daniels, who is stationed at Delft Police Station in Western Cape. The purpose for the establishment of DGC was to address the challenges faced by local youths. Members of this group comprise of school going youth from diverse background, who are making a difference in their communities. Freedom Park, Deft Community Forum and the Delft Generation Cadet have since agreed on an ongoing partnership on future related project.
In June 2012 Freedom Park successfully hosted a Youth Day event in the Delft area in the Western Cape. Stakeholders in this event were, The South African Police, Department of Education, Government Communities, Deft Community Forum and the Delft Generation Cadet. This project is now considered as one of the nation building programmes in the Western Cape focusing on youth in poverty and drug stricken areas.
This initiative has now expanded to an additional youth programme in June 2013 where the age between 14-16 from Delft attended a programme at Freedom Park, with learners from Eldorado Park and Kliptown in Gauteng. The objective of this programme is to engage the youth in dialogue’s to discuss issues surrounding drugs and violence in their communities.
In June 2014 the partnership expanded with Robben Island were both group of learners, Delft and Eldorado attended the programme on Robben Island. During June 2015, Freedom Park hosted the same group of learners from Eldorado and Western Cape, to try and address challenges facing the youth in the democratic dispensation.
On 24 June 2015, 40 DGC from surrounding schools in Delft Western Cape embarked on a trip to Freedom Park, Pretoria , to join the learners of Eldorado Park at an Old Apostolic Church, where they participated in a program whose objectives was for learners to arrest and overcome challenges on a day to day basis.
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