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New Forest youth aspire to create social change

The team now seeks to address their principal on everything they learnt at the forum and get the school involved in creating social change in their community.

DRIVEN by their passion to create social change are Sershen Vandayar, Sibahle Hlubi, Yandisa Maphumulo and Sphiwo Kunene from New Forest High School (NFHS) who are the proud participants of the Inter-Religious Youth Forum.

The learners attended the recent Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) Third Youth Peace Forum where they interacted with learners from other local schools on pressing social issues prevalent in their communities such as climate change, poverty and youth violence. Tools such as media, discussions, question and answer sessions and story-telling among others, were used to help participants develop critical thinking, respect for people of other cultures and nurture the sense of belonging to a global community.

The NFHS team now seeks to address their principal on everything that they learnt at the forum and get the school involved in driving social change in their community through food and clothes donations, soup kitchens and fundraisers. The  Inter-Religious Youth Forum falls under Religions for Peace which is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace, since 1970, by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. The organisation works to transform violent conflict, advance human development, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth.

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