In 2017, MOT South Africa trained 129 youth as youth leaders and active South African citizens. These 129 students include Grade 9 learners from five local High Schools (14 – 16 years old) and students (18 to 35 years old) from five Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges in the Western Cape.
Wanda Möller explained, “During the 3-day MOT youth leadership camps, the students were equipped and empowered with the awareness, tools, knowledge and leadership skills to be able to deal with the challenges that they face and to become youth leaders and MOT peer educators at their schools and colleges.”
To strengthen their training, courage and enthusiasm for their role as active citizens, MOT SA hosted its annual Young MOTivators’ Inspiration Event on Friday, 20 October 2017 at Northlink College, Tygerberg Campus. This event highlights the skills that the learners and students acquired at the MOT youth camps, held in May and August 2017. The youths’ presentations showcased the passion, energy and potential of young people to bring about positive and lasting change in their communities.
To start proceedings on a high note, Springbok Rugby player and MOT brand ambassador, Siya Kolisi addressed the Young MOTivators, offering words of encouragement and motivation, “My dream was to be a rugby player. I had a tough upbringing, but I knew that someone was always worse off than I was. I remained focused on that dream and surrounded myself with friends who had the same values as I do. My message to you [the youth] don’t be afraid to be different and stand up and say no. Surround yourself with people who will support you, lift you and build you.”
The students provided feedback on their community outreach projects and their facilitation of the MOT life-skills programmes with their peers. Some of the projects that they took to their communities included HIV/AIDS and heath care awareness campaigns, clothing and book drives, donated food and toiletries and volunteered their time at various old age homes, orphanages and primary schools in disadvantaged areas.
“MOT moulds us as Young MOTivators; to lead, to love and motivate others at our college and in our communities”, said Goodman Zolile, a student and Young MOTivator from College of Cape Town, Gugulethu campus.
“Being a Young MOTivator means that I must add value to my life and to others by giving back and motivating the youth. Before the MOT youth leadership camp, I had a low self-esteem. The camp strengthened my courage, self-worth and the ability to care and love others.” said Nawaal Isaacs, a student and Young MOTivator from False Bay College, Fish Hoek Campus.
Professor Eltie Links, MOT SA Chairperson, gave the keynote address focusing on leaving the right legacy, “When you are part of the MOT family, you have the tools to meet your expectations, goals and dreams. Each youth here today is a role model. That is the importance of life; leaving a legacy that you will be proud of.”
Wanda Möller added, “We are so proud of our youth and their courage to lead positive change and for being a role model to others.”
“MOT aims to empower the youth with awareness and courage; courage to live, courage to care and courage to say no. We have the privilege to witness the MOT youth take responsibility for their own lives and sincerely take care of others. This year, MOT SA aims to impact 15 000 youth through the MOT programmes. Events like this is what motivates MOT to continue to create robust, strong and confident young people,” said Wanda Möller.
Colleges that participated were the College of Cape Town (Gardens, Gugulethu, Pinelands, Thornton and Wynberg campuses), Northlink College (Goodwood and Parow campuses), West Coast College (Citrusdal and Atlantis campuses) and False Bay College (Fish Hoek, Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain campuses).
High schools represented at the event were Buren High School in Ysterplaat, Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT) in Khayelitsha, Ihlumelo Senior Secondary School and Desmond Mpilo Tutu Senior Secondary School in Mbekweni, Paarl, and Simon’s Town High School.