This is unique in its concept, approach, design and implementation because it targets boys with approaches aimed at ensuring they become change agents in their communities.
One of the aims of this camp is to increase social skills against factors that enhances vulnerability to violent behaviours, to equip boys with coping strategies to deal with negative cultural or social stereotypes as well as negative social and peer pressures. The camp will enable young people to develop skills to plan their future, prepare for life challenges, enhance relationship skills, learn the basics of personal development, and understand how to seek economic opportunities.
The municipality believes that empowerment of the individual means that we
create a society where both men and women can
make choices in life based on their own abilities,
preferences and circumstances. When you save the boy child from all these, by defending and
fighting for his rights, you save a whole generation. That boy, upon growing up into a responsible man, father and husband, mentors his generation in the same way.
The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them and the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community. These are the sentiments shared by stakeholders who graced the boys camp with their presence and moral support, this includes Department of Social Development, Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, Department of Education and Harry Gwala District Youth Office Manager.
Our former President Thabo Mbeki once mentioned that a society that doesn’t invest in its youth doesn’t have a future, this means that as Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Municipality we are on the right path of shaping the future of our communities.