The Wits student chapter is the first to be launched in the country.
The A21 Campaign, which aims to stop modern day slavery, launched the Wits student chapter on Wednesday, February 28, at the Wits Citizenship Community Organisation on East campus.
The launch of the A-Team Wits showcased the mission and values of the A21 campaign as well as the goals for the A-Team Wits.A-Teams are extensions of the global campaign which has been created all over the world and Wits is the first university in the country to have a student chapter.
Nqulelwa Maseti, the leader of A-Team Wits, told Wits Vuvuzela that, “Students are one of the most vulnerable groups to human trafficking” and that “an A-Team was needed to raise awareness about this silent crime.”Maseti went on to say that A-Team Wits hopes to get people talking about trafficking to raise awareness.
Cornel Viljoen, South Africa Prevention and Awareness Coordinator, told Wits Vuvuzela what their plans were, “to reach the vulnerable in the Braamfontein region and beyond”.
Since the launch, A-Team Wits has been preparing for its initial presentation to the public on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at a venue yet to be announced.
Viljoen further stated that all students at Wits University and its surroundings would be reached through presentations, events, and fundraisers.
During preparation for the presentation, A-Team Wits will be trained on Monday, March 12, 2018, with education on modern-day slavery, ways of combating modern-day slavery through awareness and prevention campaigns as well as how to raise awareness in their communities. In addition, A-Teams assist with survivors in shelters.
Furthermore, the presentation will show students different methods that are utilised by individuals to target students and lure them into trafficking, how to assist an individual that is involved in a form of slavery as well as the statistics of trafficking.
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