Challenge South Africa 2012

Challenge South Africa 2012

25 students from Stoke on Trent College and the City of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College have recently returned from a once in a life time trip to Cape Town, South Africa to learn about the country’s history and culture and find out more about life after Apartheid.

The Challenge South Africa programme centres around equality and diversity, teaching students about the history of South Africa and encouraging interaction with local people, with the students witnessing their day-to-day lives.

Included in the itinerary for the 11 day tour was a tour of Robben Island, where students got the chance to see the cell where Nelson Mandela was held captive, as well as a visit to the Khayalitsha AIDS orphanage.

Through a link with numerous local South African Schools students also delivered sports coaching sessions and donated sports equipment thanks to support from the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation.

Sean Locker studying Public Services said: “The Challenge South Africa Project is the highlight of my life so far and has given me a huge sense of perspective on my own life. It has shown me the extremes that people of the same age as me face in order to gain the qualifications they need to get a better life. This project has provided me with the drive that I need to finish my course and go on to University. I hope to go back to South Africa one day to catch up with some great people l met there. This is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss out on, great culture, great people, great friends and great experiences.”

Travel and Tourism student, Vanessa Coysh, commented: “The Challenge South Africa project is without doubt the best thing I have ever done. It was an amazing life changing experience and at the same time the most emotional 10 days of my life. The friends I have met within the group I hope will be lifelong friends. I feel the project has changed me as a person, it has made me more appreciative of the things I have and everyday things I take for granted. I think the things I have seen and heard as a result of the project will change how I look at life in the future.”

To find more about Challenge South Africa contact Calvin Austin, Learner Involvement Co-ordinator on 07786113853.

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