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.
Feb 9, 2017

IkamvaYouth's class of 2016 achieves an 85% matric

Ivory Park Ikamvites celebrate 100% pass rate
Ivory Park Ikamvites celebrate 100% pass rate

Ikamvanites began the New Year with a bang as our 2016 Matric cohort achieved remarkable school leaving results. 285 learners enrolled in IkamvaYouth’s after-school tutoring programmes in ten branches across five provinces have achieved an 85% pass rate; 69% of which are either Bachelor or Diploma passes, ensuring their eligibility for tertiary studies.

In South Africa, a major predictor of academic performance is the location of one’s school. When comparing results between leafy suburbs and tin-roofed townships, it appears that we have two different education systems operating in parallel. For most learners in township and rural schools, even reaching matric is a feat; only 58% of the grade 2s from 2006 made it to write matric last year, and so, as Nic Spaull explains, the actual pass mark for the matric cohort of 2016 is an abysmal 42%.

Unfortunately, the quality of one’s matric pass has a major bearing on the kinds of post-school opportunities one can access, and thus heavily influences an individual’s potential earning capacity.This is good news for the Ikamvanites who have managed to defy their context, and have leveraged the power of peer-to-peer learning and support to achieve great academic results. They’ve made an important step up the path towards earning a dignified living, and the organisation looks forward to reporting on the Class of 2016’s placements in a few months’ time.

“IkamvaYouth is especially proud of the Ivory Park branch, which achieved a 100% pass rate, and the branches in KZN (Chesterville and Umlazi), which hauled in an accumulative 41 subject distinctions”, says Programmes Manager Patrick. “It is because of such results that IkamvaYouth continues to assist township youths, against all odds! We remain determined to see many more township youths breaking the cycle of poverty through education. The challenges the learners face are many, but the desire for a dignified living continues to inspire Ikamvanites to take the future into their own hands through hard work, and peer to peer learning. Well done to the class of 2016!’’

Vuyolwethu, is one of our learners from of the Joza branch in the Eastern Cape. He achieved a Bachelor pass with 5 distinctions (in Maths, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Geography and Life Orientation). IkamvaYouth is proud to report that he is one of the top achieving learners in the district! Vuyolwethu cleared hurdles including a shortage of teachers at his school and financial instability at home, and is currently enrolled towards a BSc, majoring in Maths and Statistics at the Rhodes University.

 

The Ikamvanites are tutored and mentored by volunteers, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Most of the tutors are university students, and many are ex-learners from the programme, who pay-forward the help they received by supporting younger learners. Many of the volunteer mentors are professionals who assist grade 12 learners to figure out their post-school options, and assist with their applications. We look forward to welcoming members of the class of 2016 as volunteers this year.

Tanyaradzwa, the Chesterville branch’s top achiever, has since received a Moshal Scholarship and is pursuing a BCom Accounting degree.  After receiving her results she said: “I am currently feeling relief and am very happy since I received my results; IkamvaYouth has been amazing; a combination of learning and fun. Being a part of this organisation has been awesome and I’ve learnt the importance of helping others and giving back.”

We are particularly proud of those learners who will be studying to become teachers. Thabisile, a top achiever from the Umlazi branch, achieved a Bachelor pass plans to pass on her love of education and learning. She is studying towards a B (Ed) and teaching Maths, Science and English to learners in grades seven to nine.

These great achievements are the result of years of hard work and strong collaborative partnerships. IkamvaYouth enrolls learners in grade 9 to 11, and works closely with the feeder schools, many other NGOs and CBOs, tertiary institutions, municipalities, Government departments, corporates and foundations.

“We are so proud of our learners and tutors, as well as the team behind them, and thank our donors for their ongoing support that enables results like these, year after year,” says Leigh, chairperson at IkamvaYouth.

Vuyolwethu received an award for top performance
Vuyolwethu received an award for top performance
Nov 15, 2016

Celebrating our year with Year Beyond

Mphumezo shared on how the programme helped him
Mphumezo shared on how the programme helped him

This week ended with a blast at the IkamvaYouth Gugulethu branch, as Intshukumo Secondary School learners saw their year’s commitment to the Year Beyond Programme bear some fruitful outcomes. During the festive prize-giving ceremony, which was made colourful by learners who took turns showing off their artistic talents on the stage, a total of 66 learners received certificates to acknowledge their participation in the Year Beyond Programme. Top prizes were also awarded to those learners who had shone outstandingly during the past year.

This year the Grade 8 and 9 learners from Intshukumo Secondary School were given an opportunity to sign up for the programme in 2017.

Four top learners from the two grades were awarded for their stellar performance in the following categories; Maths, English and Overall Achievements.  The prize recipients of the day included; Nelson (who took home awards for overall learner in Grage 8, Maths and English), Mphumezo (Grade 9 overall learner and Maths), Zukiswa  (English) and Inathi  (English).

The Year Beyond Programme is a partnership between IkamvaYouth, the Western Cape Government and AVA. IkamvaYouth has been providing various services to the Year Beyond Programme since its inception in 2014, with the ultimate aim of replicating the academic impact that IkamvaYouth has achieved over the last 12 years through their award winning model of after-school tutoring and peer learning.  

There is emerging research on the positive relationship between programme quality and outcomes of after-school programmes indicates that quality afterschool programmes share the following features: adequate physical and psychological safety of learners; effective management practices; appropriate supervision and structure; well-prepared staff; intentional programming with opportunities for autonomy and choice, and strong partnerships with stakeholders that play a critical role in learner development —that is, schools, other after-school programmes, and families.

Speaking on behalf of the learners who have graduated from the programme, Grade 9 overall achiever Mphumezo said, “…I am excellent in all  subjects but I was not doing well in Maths before I joined the programme. I have learned to play with other people and work in a team. I learned how to communicate in English”.

While another learner, Zintle expressed gratitude to the tutors’ dedication and their efforts to help them better understand even the toughest subjects.

Volunteer tutor, Yandisa, had some words of wisdom to impart on the group. “In life you will meet many people who will tell you so many things, you need to be a sieve and filter out all the waste in your life to become what you want.” Aptly fitting IkamvaYouth’s motto – “The Future is in Our Hands”.

Yandisa motivates the learners
Yandisa motivates the learners
Aug 10, 2016

Winter School Magic!

Katlego - Community Engagement Volunteer
Katlego - Community Engagement Volunteer

From the 27th of June to the 8th of July we hosted our annual Winter School.Winter school coincides with the school holidays which allows IkamvaYouth to offer township learners 10 days of intensive tutoring, educational workshops and excursions. Some of our branches were able to arrange for the winter school to happen at nearby tertiary institutions so that learners were able to experience being on campus and visualise themselves as students there one day. The energy was amazing, as always, and on the final day the learners were able to show-off their talent by participating in a talent show. We were very impressed with how dedicated the learners were and that they gave up their school holiday to improve their marks, what was just as impressive though was the number of tutors who volunteered their time over this period.

The University of Johannesburg’s Community Engagement Project was able to provide us with tutors especially for Winter School. Over the 10 days we grew accustomed to seeing the tutors arrive in their bright orange vests, energised and ready to tackle the day's activities.

Katlego one of the Community Engagement volunteer champions had his first taste of volunteering at our Winter School this year and said “ It’s not because I’ll receive anything, I’m doing this because it comes from my heart and I actually want to make a difference in society, especially in education at high-school level”. One of the volunteers named Promise shared that she’s a full-time university student, has a part-time job and still manages to volunteer regularly. This sort of dedication doesn’t go unnoticed by the learners and motivates them to work hard and even come back and volunteer when they complete high-school.

Wisdom, a Grade 10 learner from Ivory Park, completed his second Winter-School this year and finds that he has gained a lot more knowledge, “I didn’t know how to study and they guided me by showing me some study skills. I feel really good about being part of IkamvaYouth”. Over the 10 days learners are able to delve even deeper into any academic challenges they are facing so that they can start the new term off with a solid grasp of what they have learnt so far and focus on the upcoming exams. A special matric camp was held in the week following winter school, to give special attention to those learners in their final year of high school. Apart from the academics, matric week was also a time for them to work on applications to tertiary institutions and get to meet their peers from other branches.

Some of the workshops provided at winter school covered topics around health and wellness, financial management and green living. Our learners also received solar lights which were donated to IkamvaYouth following the tragic passing of one our learners last year after suffering burns while studying by candlelight. We have so much gratitude for all the individuals and organisations who hosted workshops and contributed to our Winter School, we hope that they gained just as much from the experience as the learners did and continue working towards bringing about change in society.

Thank you so much for your donations to IkamvaYouth which keeps the wonderful work happening :)

Wisdom - Ivory Park Learner
Wisdom - Ivory Park Learner

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