Spelling bees are underway across the country and spellers are battling it out at cluster competitions to go on to district bees in the hopes of making the cut for the provincials, which kick off this month.
Camp I Am, which deals with different issues every year, will be giving youngsters a platform to discuss gender violence this year.
The December 2012 camp ended with a stunning showcase of three short films entitled “Heritage 2012 Our Heroes and Sheroes”. Three teams of campers researched and identified community members they felt should be commended and acknowledged for their service and positive impact on society. They started working on the films during the June/July camp, and interviewed their heroes Mzikayifani Vilikazi, from Siyophumelela Association for the Disabled and the Aged; Richard ‘Bricks’ Mokolo, Orange Farm Rights Centre; and shero Rose Thamae from Let Us Grow.
Camp I Am held its second annual Model United Nations Debate for Orange Farm secondary schools. The topic was Leadership and the Role of Young People in the World Today.
Campers visited Freedom Park, a memorial that narrates the story of South Africa’s pre-colonial, colonial, apartheid, and post-apartheid history and heritage.
Campers were taught the South African National Symbols and Heritage Sites. They related these to personal values and discussed their relevance, importance and impact in their lives. This Camp was an introduction to the annual theme, which will explore heritage and citizenry.
Camp I Am held three holiday camps in 2011 during April, July and October. Our sites were in Diepsloot and Orange Farm and more than 1,000 children participated.