Not so long ago, Special Olympics hosted the Youth Summit in Phokeng and now they have done it again. Yet another inspiring event took place in the heart of the Bafokeng Nation where the Youth came together to redefine the meaning of INCLUSION. The summit was filled with positive minded individuals from schools such as Iteko and Kutlwanong which are both special schools for students with disabilities. Everyone had a common purpose which was HOW I CAN HELP IMPROVE MY COMMUNITY.
Over the three days of the event these young individuals astounded us with their amazing talent, cooperation and as well humanitarian thoughts. Knowing how difficult it is for the Youth with disabilities to voice out their opinions, I was extremely proud how they did not let themselves fall behind. The atmosphere was filled with a great deal of cooperation where it did not matter who you were and where you were from. Special Olympics raised the bar for these individuals and they stood up to the challenge.
Video production of the day by Western Limb and Eye Opening Productions
Looking back from last year, I can confirm that these individuals gained confidence not only in shaping their community but as well as within themselves. Supporting this statement is Mpho who was a student at Charora High School and is now studying a LLB degree in criminology. It is amazing to see of a young female take open this challenge. I live upon a saying that, You empower the Youth, you empower the nation, and this is exactly what Special Olympics is going towards.
Thapelo Nthite, a student from Lebone II College, said: “being part of the Special Olympics Youth Summit has taught me more about myself and the importance of how I treat other people. I have learned that a community is not only built by an individual but by different people from different backgrounds and in order to make it a better place I need to start within myself.”
One my side I would not only like to congratulate the Youth for taking a step and being part of trying to make a change in their community but as well as Special Olympics for being the very few projects to come into the Bafokeng community and empowering the Youth into realizing their potential. Special Olympics has proved that Kgetse ya tsie e kgonwa ke go tshwaraganelwa meaning one can never face a challenge alone but with other people it is always possible.
-Nomathamsanqa (Thami) Rangwaga