As part of the UNICEF & iSchool Press Team End Gender Based Violence campaign, five new press teams were set up in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.
Three of these new teams are in KZN and they have set the bar extremely high for other schools. During the campaign, they submitted no fewer than 13 videos, five of which made it to the top 20 and one, Women are abused in different ways by Phindavele Secondary School, was one of the top 3.
This month we would like to feature these three new KZN schools and to honor the work they did during the campaign.
Phindavele High School is located an hour South of Durban this rural school has demonstrated its love for the medium of film as well as their clear drive for community awareness and discussion of social issues. This Press Team was born out of a peer educator programme run by two educators at the school. The programme uses plays, discussions and now film to encourage and educate other learners both in their school and in the surrounding area. This is an inspiring programme and their press team is made up of no less that 30 learners from all grades.
The Nhlanhlnyethu High School iSchool Press Team based in KwaMashu, a township just outside Durban, is made up of a group of Grade 10 and 11 learners passionate about their community. They were brought together by the UNICEF programme to end Gender Based Violence and have honed in on issues relevant to their own lives like teenage pregnancy and homophobia.
Zwelibanzi Secondary School iSchool Press Team is headed up by a group of artistic young learners from Grades 9 and 10. This press team pushes the boundaries with original, out-the-box thinking. Their experiences growing up in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal’s biggest township, gives them a unique perspective on social issues which they display beautifully in their movies.
All their videos can be viewed on our Youtube channel