• • • • •
- SAHAC’s primary focus continues to be Orlando High School, an iconic influence in the Soweto community. A satellite program exists at Maranatha Church in Sebokeng about 45 km south of Soweto. Plans are underway with school officials to begin additional Courage Movement initiatives at nearby Letsibogo, Selelekela and Forte High Schools.
- About 70 of Orlando High School’s 700 Grade 10-12 students regularly participate in Courage Movement in-school and after-school activities. To date, more than 52 have signed the Courage Movement Pledge of abstinence.
- Academic performance, college enrollments, and college bursaries continue to index higher for Orlando High students participating in the Courage Movement.
- SAHAC staff is available to learners throughout the school day Monday, Wednesday and Friday in permanent offices provided by the school. Mr. Muzi Nhlapo, high school principal, views the SAHAC team as an integral partner of the school staff serving the learners and thus the school.
- Twenty-four adults—school teachers and other interested adults—have been trained to teach the CrossRoads life skills curriculum and are available for the formation of dedicated Courage Movement teams as arrangements are completed to expand the initiative at additional schools.
- SAHAC staff is an integral part of a task force formed to create a province-wide CrossRoads effort in Gauteng, joining similar initiatives in four other South African provinces.
- SAHAC continued development of 12-acre demonstration farm in Walkerville 40 km southeast of Soweto designed to teach agriculture and business skills. This year’s projects included restoration of the acreage’s irrigation system and the cottage on the property, and a first season of open field vegetable farming.