IkamvaYouth

IkamvaYouth seeks to enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty and into tertiary education and/or employment. Our Values are: A culture of responsibility for self and others Collaboration and peer-to-peer support Commitment to impact through democratic processes Integrity and openness Paying-it-forward Our Vision is: Our culture of responsibility is creating a ripple effect of thriving individuals and communities. Our intergenerational ikamvanites provide access to quality education in inspirational spaces everywhere. We are an integrated network driving change by paying it forward.
May 7, 2015

Education is the engine of personal development

Ikamvanites studying in small groups
Ikamvanites studying in small groups

The children of South Africa represent 36% of the total population. 66% of these children live in the poorest households, which means their household income is less than R10,009 per year (less than $1,000 per annum). The schools that these children attend are often very poor performing township schools. Year in year out, less than half of South Africa’s children matriculate, which means they face unemployment or menial work.  

For many children in South Africa, education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty. IkamvaYouth is much more than an education programme, as it plays a crucial role in promoting wellbeing into adulthood and importantly ensuring that our learners access a post school opportunity that puts them on the path to earning a dignified living.

The matric class of 2015 was IkamvaYouth’s largest ever, with over 240 Ikamvanites. These dedicated young men and women have overcome extraordinary adversity to reach and pass matric. From extreme poverty to gang violence, disintegrating families to drug and alcohol abuse, townships like Nyanga and Umlazi, the places the Ikamvanites call home, struggle with terrible social problems.

Despite those problems, the Ikamvanites of 2014 not only achieved an 82% matric pass rate, but 89% of all those who took their matric (whether they passed or failed) have already gone on to access the post-school opportunities to set them on the path to earning a dignified living.

Even more impressively 49% of the matriculants accessed either universities or colleges– proving that where you come from is no barrier to where you can get to in life. Ikamvanites are entering fields of study from chemical engineering to law, accounting to education, information technology to environmental management.

A further 11% accessed learnerships, 7% accessed employment, and 22% have returned to school to supplement or upgrade their matric marks. We will continue to work with those Ikamvanites who have not yet found a post-school opportunity, and help set them, too, on the path to a dignified living.

IkamvaYouth wishes to thank our committed donors for all the support they’ve given us - without you our work would not be possible. 

Studying hard
Studying hard
Ikamvanites working hard to achieve their dreams
Ikamvanites working hard to achieve their dreams
Jan 27, 2015

BOOM! Ikamvanites do it again!

Proud Ikamvanites
Proud Ikamvanites

IkamvaYouth learners are celebrating great matric results; once again these township youth have achieved results that far surpass the national averages, showing that the odds can indeed be overcome. Matrics from nine branches across five provinces achieved an overall 82% pass rate, with 87% of those eligible for tertiary study (51% bachelor and 36% diploma).

The organisation is proud to achieve these results while scaling its reach; the class of 2014 (244 learners) saw a 63% growth in matric numbers from the previous year (153 learners). Two branches are celebrating excellent results for their inaugural matric cohorts: Joza in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, achieved an 85% pass with 89% of those eligible for tertiary, and Ikageng in the North West achieved an 84% pass with 95% of those eligible for tertiary studies. IkamvaYouth’s director Joy said: “I’d like to congratulate the ikamvanites on your incredible achievements. I would also like to thank all our staff, tutors, supporters and donors for the energy, commitment, love and support that makes this work possible.”

The class of 2014 are going on to study a range of important fields that will equip them with the skills they need to build South Africa, including medicine, speech and audiology, social work, biomedical science, town management, civil engineering, mechanical engineering and information technology to name just a few!

One of the many examples of incredible achievement comes from Tiyiselani, who joined the Ebony Park branch in 2012 as a grade 10 learner, when she was really struggling at school. Soon her results began to shoot up, and they didn’t stop! She got 6 distinctions, and has already been accepted to study medicine at UCT. This is an exceptional achievement:  “I feel so proud, I feel so proud.. words can’t describe how excited I am for her, and I wish her and all these learners all the best in life”, says Nyasha, Branch Coordinator at Ebony Park, where 91% of the class of 2014 have indicated that they want to return to IkamvaYouth to become volunteer tutors.

IkamvaYouth's work with the class of 2014 is far from over. While many of those who passed have already been accepted by the country's top universities, there is still work to be done to ensure that none of the class of 2014 become NEETs (not in education, employment or training).  Most of the learners who did not pass are eligible for supplementary exams, and IkamvaYouth will be supporting these learners to ensure that they are well-prepared to clear this hurdle on the way to securing post-school opportunities.

Thank you to all of our supporters for all you do for our learners. We at IkamvaYouth are continually inspired by the dedication and generosity of donors like yourself and there is no way to fully express our gratitude for your support.

We hope that you will continue to partner with us – either as a repeat donor or even as a volunteer, tutor or mentor. Join us in our commitment to create a better, brighter future for South Africa’s learners. 

For more information about IkamvaYouth, please refer to our 2013 Annual Report.

Ikamvanite - Beauty
Ikamvanite - Beauty
Celebrating Ikamvanites
Celebrating Ikamvanites

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Oct 31, 2014

Winter School and Matric Camp Success

Thank you! From the IkamvaYouth Team
Thank you! From the IkamvaYouth Team

Every year IkamvaYouth arranges two weeks’ intensive tutoring which takes place during the Winter School holidays (‘Winter School’). Winter School is one of the most expensive aspects of our model as the learners have to be transported from their local branch to the venues and we also cater for our learners whilst they are there, often it is the only meal our learners will eat that day.  This year close to 1,000 learners participated in Winter Schools across the country. IkamvaYouth’s volunteer tutors did not disappoint as they attended with such motivation and determination to ensure that the Winter School of 2014 was a great success.

During Winter School not only do our learners participate in intensive tutoring sessions but they also attend workshops and events with our partner organisations. For example, South African Astronomical Observatory ran workshops on the night sky, Capitec ran workshops on financial literacy and HIV testing took place at all winter schools. Many young minds were inspired during IkamvaYouth’s Winter Schools and many dreams took a giant leap towards their fulfilment.

An addition to our model this year was Matric Camp in the Western Cape for our Grade 12 learners who are completing their final year of school. This year due to their rural location  the Grade 12s from our Eastern Cape Branch, Joza, were transported to the Western Cape so that they could participate in matric camp. The first day saw all the learners arriving at the site and participating energetic team-building exercises to help break the ice as learners started interacting more freely across the branches. True to IkamvaYouth culture, tutoring started in earnest from day one and the learners spent the rest of the afternoon working through past exam papers and Answer Series guides.

Throughout the camp learners took part in a variety of activities aimed at preparing them for their final exams and tertiary studies: from intensive tutoring and exam practice to workshops around how to study effectively and evening self-study times.

Whilst the camp is a serious study boot camp, with tutoring happening from early in the morning until late into the night, the learners found the time to energise themselves through an impromptu talent show; an evening of singing, dancing, stand-up comedy and drama. 

Sixolisiwe Sibebosi, a volunteer tutor, said: ‘The matric camp was very productive. Firstly everything was well prepared, the kids were hungry to learn and that motivated me. IkamvaYouth has changed my life;  I passed my matric because of IkamvaYouth’

Bonke Sibunzana, a learner said: “What I liked about matric camp was how committed the tutors were. They encouraged us to use the tutoring time wisely. I also like how united we were as Ikamvanites. Everyone showed love and support for each other

 Thank you for your continued support of IkamvaYouth. Without you, our work would not be possible. 

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