The scourge of social ills such as HIV and AIDS, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse, affects all the aspects of education in our province which compromises the quality of life as well as teaching and learning.
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has risen to the challenges of HIV and AIDS, learner pregnancy and substance abuse by putting in place this campaign, entitled “My Life, My Future!” (MLMF). The aim of this campaign led by the MEC for Education, the Honourable Mr. ES Mchunu, is to curb the spread of these social ills in schools and in school communities.
My Life! My Future! Campaign was founded on the conviction that if young people are inspired to believe in their dreams and have aspiration for the future, they will be inspired to take personal responsibility for their education and sexuality, and may become active participants in the fight against HIV and AIDS pandemic, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse.
This campaign will be implemented within existing families, schools and school community structures. The campaign will capacitate parents, educators and learners to work towards common goals of an inspired healthy life where young people have the courage and motivation to work towards their dreams.
In the Education Summit which was held on the 11-13 of February 2011 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, A resolution was taken that the Department of Education, together with the key stakeholders, should drive a campaign against HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, violence in schools and other social ills. The Launch of My Life My Future Campaign is to make sure that all the resolution that were emphasised at the Education Summit are carried out and are being done.
The My life My Future Campaign was launched by the MEC for Education, the Honorable Mr E.S. Mchunu at Umlazi Com Tech, Umlazi, on the 3rd of May 2011. This Campaign will continue in all the Districts to ensure that the massage reaches everyone that is supposed to benefit from this campaign. The launch of My Life My Future Campaign in the districts will be held on the following dates:
UMZINYATHI 20 MAY
PINETOWN 26 MAY
OBONJENI 26 MAY
VRYHEID 31 MAY
SISONKE 31 MAY
UMZINYATHI 2 JUNE
UGU 3 JUNE
The remaining districts will give out information on dates once preparations have been finalized.