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Minerva High School encourages teens to speak out against crime and abuse

Minerva High School commemorates Youth Teenagers Day with a powerful event encouraging teenagers to break the silence and speak out against abuse.

Minerva High School recently hosted a Youth Teenagers Day event, to empower teenagers to break the silence on crime prevention and speak out against abuse and harassment.

The event was organised by school learners who wanted to encourage their peers to take responsibility for their safety and well-being.

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Community Policing Forum chairperson Sarah Matomeamohale encourages teenagers to speak out if they are being abused or harassed. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Community Policing Forum chairperson Sarah Matomeamohale encourages teenagers to speak out if they are being abused or harassed. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

The event kicked off with speakers from the Alexandra Police Station who emphasised the importance of crime prevention and encouraged teenagers to take an active role in keeping their communities safe.

The speakers shared statistics on the prevalence of crime in the area and highlighted the need for young people to take ownership of their safety and well-being.

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Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Sarah Matomeamohale said, “As young people, you are the future of our society, and it is essential that you take responsibility for your safety. Don’t be afraid to speak out if you are being abused or harassed. Remember, your voice matters, and we are here to support you.”

Learner at Minerva High School Asanda Miya shares her experience of learning about self-defence and getting help in cases of sexual abuse.
Learner at Minerva High School Asanda Miya shares her experience of learning about self-defence and getting help in cases of sexual abuse.

A learner at Minerva High School, Ethan Madula, said he organised this event to get different organisations to pass the words of encouragement to his peers at school. “The purpose of the event was to get speakers from different organisations to encourage learners to be responsible and to behave. Abusive behaviour towards other learners are not acceptable.

“With this event, I hope that learners will be inspired to take their education and safety seriously, and to understand that their actions have consequences for their futures and the community as a whole.”

Another learner, Asanda Miya, shared her gratitude for the educational event, which she said gave her knowledge on how to address the challenges faced by teenagers, including crime and abuse in the community.

Minerva High School learners Ethan Madula, Phologo Kekana, Moses Petja and Thato Boshielo at the Youth Teenagers Day event. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Minerva High School learners Ethan Madula, Phologo Kekana, Moses Petja and Thato Boshielo at the Youth Teenagers Day event. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

She said the event was important and educational to her because it equipped her with the skills to handle any abuse she may come across.

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