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October 18, 2013 | Africa: South Africa

Perceptions change thanks to Youth Retreat

By Mmane Boikanyo

Youth engaged in a variety of activities

The Special Olympics Inclusive Youth Retreat brought together youth from seven local Bafokeng schools for a three-day conference focusing on tolerance, rendering acceptance and promoting respect of all people no matter their ability. The event took place from the 28-30th September 2013 and was coordinated by Peace Corps volunteer Charlie Merrow who is Special Olympics South Africa Youth Initiatives Coordinator. Over 80 youth from four mainstream high schools and three special schools participated in the retreat. Thabang Kgalidi, a learner from Lebone II College, explained, “I was in a room full of “special people” but I could not tell who was disabled and who was not because everyone in there was capable of doing all that I could do. So the summit to me was an eye opener for tolerance towards all different kinds of people.”

About Mmane Boikanyo: Marketing and Communications Intern at Special Olympics South Africa

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