The PFA and TackleAfrica arrived in Cape Town to commence the latest Education and Corporate Social Responsibly visit to South Africa.
TackleAfrica was founded in May 2002 by a group of young people from the UK who had all lived or worked in Africa at some point in their lives. They recognised the potential of football as a means of bringing people together, and providing a platform from which to convey hugely important messages about HIV and AIDS.
In early 2007, TackleAfrica piloted a unique way of combining HIV education directly into football coaching drills, publishing the first edition of the HIV education through football coaching manual later the same year. The charity now supports partners across Africa to work with young people on a range of issues related to HIV, sexual and reproductive health rights and empowerment.
To begin the trip, the delegation met with Mayibuye Magwaza, Political and Communications Officer for the British High Commission in Cape Town and provided details of the itinerary for the week targeting deprivation, equality and inclusion, HIV Awareness, gender violence, coach education and unemployment. The PFA and TackleAfrica have worked closely with Edward Roman (who was appointed Consul General in August 2015) leading up to this year’s visit to help raise awareness with local press contacts.
In the afternoon, the PFA visited Manenberg High School. Manenberg High School was established in 1976 under the Apartheid Government. At the time this school was built to serve the so-called Coloured population who were forcibly removed (under the group areas act) from central Cape Town, more specifically District Six. Manenberg High School has a student population of 863 and 30 teachers whilst certain classes have up to 55 learners.
The school offers 3 official languages; English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. Subjects delivered are: Maths, Physical Science, Life Science (Biology), Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Civil Technology, Consumer Studies and Life Orientation.
Students are involved in extracurricular activities including: Athletics, Soccer, Rugby, Basket Ball, Cricket, Steel Band Project, Trumpet Classes, Arts and Crafts, Adventure Club. Co-Curricular activities include: Peer Education, HIV and AIDS Education, Life Skills with at Risk Youth and International Exchange Programmes.
“Today was an excellent start to what I’m sure will be a challenging, inspirational and truly worthwhile experience for all the PFA team over the next week as we continue to build on the legacy programmes dating back now to before the World Cup in 2010.”
John Hudson (PFA Director of Corporate Social Responsibility).
The school is located in a predominantly workers’ class community. Massive unemployment is the order of the day. Many of the students come from dysfunctional homes where alcohol and drug abuse are rife. Most of these households are run by single parents (mother).
Manenberg also has a problem with gangs and many times the adverse socio-economic conditions prevalent in the community are brought into the school since the school is merely a microcosm of what happens in the community.
School principal Thurston Brown welcomed the PFA and split the students into two groups. 25 pupils took part in a Nelson Mandela Quiz and Poster Competition with the winner being presented with an award. Approximately 75 other students participated in a sports session outdoors consisting of football coaching drills, fun games and match to finish.
For more information about Manenberg High School, click here: manenberghigh.co.za