The Amakhaya Learn2Swim programme, which aims to turn children and young adults into better swimmers, was launched in Strand earlier this month.
Along with improving swimming skills, the programme works to teach participants about taking care of the environment too.
News24 reported the words of Brendyn Alloys, a volunteer with the programme, who says that the initiative was launched in partnership with the City of Cape Town and expert swimming coach Moosa Essa.
Alloys describes Learn2Swim as a flagship programme with exceptional medium and long-term outcomes for the participants, both children and young adults.
“Our aim is to teach youths how to swim and equip them with other life skills to make positive lifestyle choices to live a well balanced life,” Alloys says.
“We also want to develop their potential to the fullest so that they can achieve their goals and dreams.”
Part of the Amakhaya Learn2Swim programme is to create an environment in which the participants, who are young and often impressionable, are exposed to positive male role models.
Alloys explains: “These role-models will mentor, assist, guide and support the youths to navigate through the difficult adolescent and teenage years.”
Alloys emphasises the importance of ensuring the well-being and protection of young people in hopes of a more prosperous future.
“This is a social crime prevention programme that creates opportunities for children and youths to learn new skills, apply these newly acquired skills and develop their abilities and potential to the fullest. It is based on the premise that prevention is better than cure.”
There are currently 15 children from Allan Boesak Village, Broadlands Park, Casablanca, Gustrouw, Rusthof and Sercor Park participating in the programme.
Alloys is calling on everyone – businesses and individuals – to show support for the community by partnering with Amakhaya Learn2Swim.
To get involved with the programme and help support it, contact Alloys on 061 990 5129 or via [email protected]
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