MALIBENI YOUTH CENTRE
The Malibeni Youth Centre which is now complete(to an extent). The idea was set in motion in 2012 by a young person who is a member of THE EMAVULANDLELA SWAZILAND SCOUT ASSOCIATION and a member of the Malibeni Community for the young people in the Malibeni community and beyond. The Malibeni Youth Centre is set apart as a place for young people’s leisure time activities. Its Aim is the PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL development of young people, as they grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and so their conditions of life may be improved.
In August 2014 we had Scouts from Hertfordshire in the UK coming to help fence the site to enable us to start planning the construction of building. From that year we've never stopped working together hence they have come to visit every two years with funding and materials needed to make this project a success.
We aim to set up activities that will keep the young people off the street and out of trouble, and to give them a job and an interest in activities.
⦁Provide opportunities for the development of young people so that they can achieve their full PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL POTENTIALS.
⦁Provide accommodation of high quality which can be used as a resource and base for variety of activities
⦁Provide advice, assistance and help in the arrangement and delivery of residential activities
⦁Be well managed and conduct regular reviews in order to improve and develop the centre and demonstrate value for money
⦁Welcome all young people regardless of their BACKGROUND, CIRCUMSTANCES, OR BELIEFS
Through the opportunities that are provided for young people participating in residential activities we want to:
⦁To help build up relationships and foster the elements of living together in communities through the residential experience, learning to work together, support each other, to develop social skills and develop a greater consideration for others.
⦁To foster an understanding of themselves and others around the communities which they come from and the world around us.
⦁To provide opportunities for the development of skills through the challenging activities leading to fulfilment and self-confidence.
⦁To provide opportunities for social interaction e.g. sharing of experiences, development of relationships and trust.
⦁To learn to work together as a team, supporting and encouraging one another.
⦁To provide opportunities for exploration and reflection on issues as rural deprivation, environmental studies, urban studies and building of communities.
⦁To nurture an awareness of the spiritual nature of human beings
⦁To explore issues of personal spiritually and provide an opportunity through reflection, meditation, worship or study to respond where appropriate
Our keywords are, QUALITY, SAFETY AND FLEXIBILITY. In implementing the Aims and Objectives, the Centre assesses its work alongside these criteria. Our priorities are:
⦁To enable as many young people as possible to use the centre, and implementing appropriate ways of utilising spare capacity
⦁To promote the centre amongst groups and organisations in Swaziland, with particular focus on the areas of Rural or Urban deprivation and those areas that is hard for the government officials to visit.
⦁To make sure the centre is accessible to all young people including those with physical disabilities
⦁To strengthen existing links and establish new contacts with organisations working with young people in Swaziland and further afield, working alongside them in exploring appropriate strategies for developing residential activities for young people
⦁To ensure regular maintenance, safety and improvement of the facilities