Pretoria – First lady Tshepo Motsepe formally launched Pink Room facilities at Kgatlamping Primary School in her capacity as the South African Civil Society for Women’s, Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) Patron. The facilities will play an important role in uplifting the young people of the community.
Motsepe said “You have miraculously turned these classrooms into havens of hope and safety. You have created spaces that enable our young people to break their silences, not only about their difficulties but also to express their hopes and dreams”
The “Pink Room” Safe Space initiative is led by The Pink Forum, a youth centred non– profit organisation working in Tembisa and Kempton Park
Motsepe expressed that it was heart-warming to see young people take the responsibility to address the challenges faced by other young people.
“To perform good deeds is our most glorious task as humankind, and the good thing about good deeds is that they are contagious”.
Motsepe also urged that the initiative be copied elsewhere, so that more of the country’s young people can receive the benefits of projects such as this one.
She also pointed out that young people face many of the challenges such as online bullying, lack of parental guidance and support, exposure to drugs and alcohol, peer pressure and issues of self-esteem.
“I see this initiative as a key at a door that seeks to unlock the potential of the children of Kgatlamping Primary School into becoming the best that they can be, and who will grow up to be the responsible and dynamic citizens that our country needs”
The SACSoWACH patron also added that it is important for community structures to work very closely together.
Motsepe emphasized that the role of community organisations should not be under-estimated.
“They exist within our communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what happens on the ground”
In her closing remarkes Motsepe said “I am deeply touched by this initiative and wish to applaud the Pink Forum, Kgatlamping Primary School and all the stakeholders who have made this happen”