In the largest uprising of student activism in nearly 40 years, #FeesMustFall protests are sweeping South African university campuses and cities. Youth from around the country have come together to demand the right to accessible, quality education. At AMANDLA, we believe that every young person deserves access to a holistic education, which is why it is especially fitting that this week we are proud to announce that our third Safe-Hub will be opened in Gauteng next year.
The Oliver Kahn Safe-Hub in Diepsloot will build on the successful methodologies we have developed in the last 8 years. The AMANDLA team and our partners are eager to bring our evidence-based and transversal approach to youth development to this uniquely challenging area.
North of Johannesburg, Diepsloot is devastated by extreme poverty and violence. 600,000 people are estimated to live in the densely populated area, where more than 70% live below the poverty line and at least 60% are unemployed. Gauteng province has the highest crime rates nationally, and Diepsloot specifically has the highest per capita murder rate in South Africa. Violence against women and children is pervasive and often goes unreported; the local police station is considerably under-staffed and under-resourced. With barely any opportunity for recreation, many youth turn to alcohol, substance abuse and gangsterism.
Considering the extreme challenges facing young people in Diepsloot, we see an important opportunity for AMANDLA contribute what we’ve learned in Khayelitsha and Gugulethu-Manenberg and create a safe space where football and education can empower youth and change lives. The Oliver Kahn Safe-Hub will be built on the sports grounds of Muzomuhle Primary School, where the artificial turf field is already under construction. The Safe-Hub will provide 1,500 vulnerable young people access to holistic learning and development through football.
We are deeply grateful to our key funding partners, the Oliver Kahn Foundation, RTL – Wir helfen Kindern e.V. and Tsogo Sun – design courtesy ofDHK architects. Tsogo Sun, the South African hotel group, will fund the daily operations of the Safe-Hub, and the Oliver Kahn Foundation, in partnership with German television station RTL, has raised funds for the construction of the field. We are still seeking funding partners for the final component of the Safe-Hub, the community centre, and aim to start construction in 2016.
As the project progresses, we will share updates and let you know how you can help us bring the third AMANDLA Safe-Hub to life.