At a time of almost unprecedented stress and fear, False Bay TVET College’s Fish Hoek Campus held a timely Youth Day pledge event on 14 June 2021 to pay tribute to students who lost their lives and those who are sufferings from illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 across the country.
The event was organised by the SRC at the suggestion of Ms Christine Thomas, the Student Support Officer at the Fish Hoek Campus. Students and staff wrote their pledges on writing boards placed at the exit doors of the examination hall on the last day of exams.
One of the students, Cecelia Hoorn, wrote ‘I Love You’ in three South African languages as well as in French, German, Portuguese and Spanish. Asked why she wrote the message, she said: “The purpose is to remind young people to love, care and protect one another, especially in these times whereby young people go through a lot of abuse and gender-based violence. The stats of GBV are very high in our country and we need to make sure that we protect and teach our young people to love and care for each other.”
A large white candle wrapped in a black ribbon was placed on top of a table with a green cloth as a commemorative tribute to the students and the youth in general. The candle and the black ribbon represented the lost lives, while the green cloth symbolised child protection, as the event took place in Child Protection Week. The SRC members also wore black ribbons as a mark of respect.
Fish Hoek Acting Campus Manager, Mrs Mhakure, also wrote her pledge on the board as did Ms Mishqah Geldenhuys, representing the Higher Health agency.
It was a beautiful experience to see a group of young people working together as a team and encouraging each other. The SRC members of False Bay TVET College Fish Hoek Campus showed great leadership and should be saluted for inspiring fellow students while handling the commemoration project with sensitivity and commitment.