Overstrand Junior Town Council
The Junior Town Council consists of representatives of all six High Schools in the Overstrand Municipal District. They are selected by the schools from Grade 10 to 12 learners for their leadership potential.
Each Council serves for a period of one year, although some councillors may remain in office for a second year. During their period in office, they are given the opportunity to learn about civic governance and community development needs and to grow as leaders of the future.
Throughout the year they participate in meetings, leadership training workshops, visits to municipal service delivery sites and projects; and, as a group, they identify and implement a number of community service projects. The scale of these initiatives is such that they will be able to see them through from start to finish during their term of office. They may also pass on suggestions to the Senior Council for more ambitious or longer-term community projects.
At the end of it all, all we want to do is to make a difference in someone else’s life, put a smile on someone else’s face, and set an example of commitment and dedication for someone else to follow.” Junior Town Council 2015
Training in public speaking and public appearance opportunities develop their communication skills and self confidence. The overall aim is to stimulate and grow leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding and teamwork in these young people during an intensive year of civic awareness. As importantly, it exposes them to the needs of people at all socio-economic levels in the community and develops in them a spirit of empathy and service as they are about to enter into adulthood.
The Junior Town Council is a project of the Overstrand Town Council and is managed by the Enlighten Education Trust.