Alexandra’s Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) Catch Them Young hosted a Youth Education and Engagement in Cultural Heritage at Alexandra Museum formerly known as Alex Heritage Centre. The organization partnered with Culture, Religion and Languages commission (CRL) in imparting education and knowledge for the day.
The NPO’s mandate is to teach young people about the issues of culture, heritage and tourism “Our aim is to educate and engage young people especially in Alexandra around the issues of culture, heritage and tourism. The idea is to be able to give young people an opportunity to engage and participate within these sectors.”
“Through culture and heritage we can be able to stimulate tourism which was slowly seeing a decline within our township” explained Abby Sechoaro Chairperson of Catch Them Young.
The event was held under covid-19 restrictions, 1.5m distance between people who attended and everyone had masked up.
Sechoaro said the NPO was founded in 2001 but the members have been involved in tourism since 1999.
“Our approach strategy is awareness. We want to teach young people about opportunities within culture and heritage. We want to eventually come up with a tourism package that can be used in Alex that is designed and influenced by the works of young people. We want to give young people skills, to be able to create things they can use to empower themselves economically.” Concluded Sechoaro.