Walking together to empower communities with education

The Community Engagement Strategy of False Bay TVET College took another positive turn at the weekend when the institution took part in the Revelation Church of God’ Spring Walk and Fun Run.

FunWalkVolunteers2017Phrased as “healthy body is healthy spirit and healthy wellbeing”, the event was in its fifth year and is aimed at encouraging society to be involved in exercise while having fun.
Led by Community Liaison, Mr Arthur Ketile, a group of students from the College’s Khayelitsha campus joined the thousands of congregants and friends, whom some came from as far as George, on a 3,5km walk from the church’s Philippi branch to Gugulethu Sports Complex on Saturrday11 November 2017.

At the complex they participated in fun exercises, music and dance before they were taken to the stage to be introduced to the jubilant audience. Mr Ketile briefly presented the College and spoke of the honor and excitement for the College to be part of the gathering, while finance student Lwandisa Msingana took many by surprise when she recited a poem – to huge applause from the masses. “I just saw an opportunity and grabbed it,” she said afterwards. “The attention I got was epic.”

Mr Ketile noted that False Bay TVET College has a healthy partnership with the Revelation Church which started about a year ago. “They often invite us in most of their events to present the various study opportunities that are available at our campuses. This is the kind of partnership that we as False Bay TVET College respect and which we want to take forward because we share the same vision with the church of empowering communities with education”.

Mr Ketile explained that it was important for the college to build and strengthen relationships with community structures, especial in poor communities, to change the negative perceptions about TVET Colleges when compared to universities. “Sometimes people frown upon the TVETs, so we want to tell the community that TVET sector is there and there are bursaries for the deserving students to access to fulfill their dreams”.

Mr Ketile added that they were amazed and impressed by the event. “I don’t think there are many organizations that can mobilize so many young people on a Saturday. Young people want fun, they want direction and they want good messages. This is the future of our country and we want to be part of that bright future moving forward”.

The students agreed. Msingana said it was the first time for her to participate in the walk and had enjoyed it. “It was fun to meet, to interact with different people and for health reasons too. This is a good event because it takes people off the streets and weekends are when most crime takes place”.

Belinda Mayintile echoed her sentiments and said she hoped that other churches would learn and host similar events. “It is good for people not to be focusing on Christianity and faith only because there is also other things in life that you need to cater for, ”Vincent Longo said their participation shows that their institution is not where people can grow academically only but socially, too “False Bay TVET College is not just a college, it is a family where people get together and it is a source of inspiration to many young and elderly people.”