2008-06-04: Joburg launches Children's Council
THE City takes democracy another step forward with the launch of the Johannesburg Children's' Council tomorrow 5 June 2008 at the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City.
"The objective of the Children's Council is to create an opportunity for young citizens to have a voice in decisions that affect them " says Councillor Nkele Ntingane, Speaker of Council.
As a post apartheid City, Joburg has been gradually transforming itself to be developmental in nature and reflect the demographics of the City. The Children's Council is made up of learners from different schools in the City.
Councillor Ntiingane says, "A learners programme has been developed that focuses on civic awareness education that introduces learners to the role they have to play and how Council operates". She added that the programme also entailed the transfer of skills on debating, research and leadership.
In October 2007 invitations were sent to primary schools in the City to participate in the Children's Council. Sixty schools subsequently responded and have been accepted to work with the City on this year long programme.
"Joburg, a City where community development, personal growth and social mobility are enhanced so that challenges of poverty, vulnerability, inequality and social exclusion are fundamentally addressed".