Cllr Vasco da Gama officially inaugurates the Johannesburg Student Council

The City is ending Youth Month in style after the Speaker of Council, Cllr Vasco da Gama, officially inaugurated the Johannesburg Student Council at the Johannesburg Council Chambers on Saturday 23 June 2018.
It follows an independent electoral process conducted by the Independent Electoral Commission of the new Student Council at Konka Camp in Magaliesburg on 09 April 2018.
The Student Council is geared at creating a platform for grade 10 and 11 learners to work as a team throughout their two-year term to contribute to society.
This platform is a replica of normal council without the party politics and equips learners with various skills enabling them to debate and to be considerate and responsible citizens.
Cllr Da Gama urged the Student Councillors to fight the injustices of the world by being the change they wanted to see.
“The life lessons you will learn on this journey, are precious and will stay with you for the rest of your life.  The City of Johannesburg aims to equip you with skills such as team work, emotional intelligence, negotiation skills, project management and public debate- these are skills that you will need throughout life,” said Cllr Da Gama.
He urged the learners no to hang around waiting for something to happen but to things happen.
“Don’t ever think that your ideas are not worth pursuing, stretch yourself, try again, challenge and be challenged. Recognise the good in people and be inclusive in your approach by drawing others in.
“As the Johannesburg Student Councillors, you carry into the world a banner of diversity, of thoughtfulness, consideration, respect and responsibility- the very tenets of ubuntu. You must challenge the injustices of this world and do so by entering into the human debate.”
Cllr Da Gama encouraged the learners to become leaders who were unafraid of tomorrow, who will uphold justice and demand that the world be one of peace.
Leaners were also encouraged to demand the rights of all human beings, to cherish the earth, honour the ideals they have been taught in school and in their unique ways, embody respect, consideration and responsibility.

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