Hillbrow gets its own youth centre
"Children will now have access to computers and tutors, which they don't have access to at home"
CHILDREN from Hillbrow, in Johannesburg, and surrounding areas have been thrown a lifeline with the opening of Uthando Centre.
The youth centre, which was officially opened yesterday on Constitutional Hill, aims to nurture and develop children living in the inner city.
Uthando Centre, which was built by international NGO Afrika Tikkun, is one of the youth centres in Gauteng that offer social, health and educational services.
Manny Mhlanga, the general manager of the centre in Hillbrow, said he hoped the centre would change and develop communities around the area. "Children will now have access to computers and tutors, which they don't have access to at home," he said.
Mhlanga stressed the need for the community to support the centre so that the youth can best benefit from it. "We had meetings with local communities and schools to tell them about the centre so they could bring their children here," Mhlanga said.
Marc Lubner, CEO of Afrika Tikkun, said they wanted to work with the communities to best help their children with their needs as opposed to dictating to them what their needs are. The main focus of the youth centres is early childhood development, he said.
"We take children from two to six years old and equip them with education and life skills so they can go to primary school with an added advantage," Lubner said.