On the 21st of October PeacePlayers International SA hosted their highly anticipated Higher Education Expo for the Leadership Development Programme participants. The event brought together over 100 youth between the ages of 14-18 at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Westville Campus. The purpose of this special event was to 1.expose the youth to different opportunities to further their studies 2.give the youth a chance to experience a tour of the university and 3.to give the youth a platform to share their highlights and success stories for the year.
As this was the last major LDP event for the year, it was only fitting that PeacePlayers International SA invites external schools and teams. The Molweni flames and Durban Girls High team participated in the day too. The day started with a full exhibition and tour of the Science and Technology Education Center, where the youth were showed how science and technology can be a future career path. The experiments were led by Professor Thandeka, the youth were in awe of how the experiments and “magic tricks” she was doing.
Another highlight for the event was the panel discussion of PeacePlayers Alumni who shared their journeys of going from high school to University. Thobani Khumalo, Sbahle Mkhize and special guest Ashley Nder shared their ups and downs and inspired the youth not to give up on themselves and to go for their dreams no matter what.
After the panel the youth went on a tour of the University, where they saw the library, lecture rooms as well as residents where students live during their time studying. Later in the day, the youth were able to get into the teams and play basketball. The energy and hype was high because a champion would be crowned at the end of the day. The under dogs Brettonwood High School had a great start and surprised many teams. They kept their winning streak throughout and ended up becoming the Boys LDP Champions. On the girls side, the Umlazi West Team did not disappoint. The girls dominated throughout and were once again crowned the Girls LDP Champions.
This event would have not taken place with the continued support of Colin Coleman and Goldman Sachs. As PeacePlayers International South Africa, we would like to thank Colin Coleman for always supporting youth education and skills development.