Jan 21, 2021

IkamvaYouth 2020 update

While 2020 was a year full of challenges due to COVID-19,  we are proud to have been able to adapt and continue providing academic and psychosocial support to learners in our programmes who needed our support more than ever. 

As soon as the national lockdown was announced, we immediately shifted our programmes online. We established WhatsApp groups, categorised by grade, and by subject stream. With the support of our donors, who provided funding towards data, we managed to purchase data bundles for learners in our programmes to ensure their learning continued. We also managed to purchase cell phones for learners that were in Grade 12, to ensure they received adequate support in preparation for the final exams. 

The participation and engagement rates in the WhatsApp groups met our expected target of 40% and 60% of the learners respectively, therefore the uptake of the online tutoring was positive. Given the realities of device access and data challenges, we were encouraged by the number of learners we were able to reach.

There were opportunities that emerged out of the crisis. With the shift to online learning, we had better access to and participation of the grade 12 learners.  Ordinarily, a lot of schools have their own after school activities, which are unfortunately not geared towards learner individual support. For 2021, we will continue supporting Grade 12 learners with online support and provide data. 

We were very fortunate to have the support of our donors and parents during this pandemic as they enabled us to continue to provide support to learners. Our mission remains the same: To enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty and into tertiary education and/or employment. We will continue to be the beacon of hope for young people in under-resourced communities. 

“The WhatsApp groups have helped me through hard times of studying. Studying by my own the whole day is not an easy thing to do but I chose to study 5 hours at  midnight while watching  319 and I'm grateful that IkamvaYouth has exercises for us to practice with and thank you for being there for us through hardships” - Thembela, grade 12

“The online platform has challenged me to know the learners better in order to keep them motivated and committed. Learners appreciate a word of encouragement every now and then and the airtime incentives also encourage them to participate. I have seen learners practicing peer to peer support more on the platform. I am happy by the progress I see daily from the learners.” - Mashudu, tutor

Sep 25, 2020

2019 Annual Report

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2019 was an epic year at IkamvaYouth and we matured to the ripe old age of 16! Please open this link, where you will find our 2019 Annual Report in which you will hear more from our new Board Chair, Putu Madisha, and from, IkamvaYouth’s CEO. You will see that we have maintained our great results and stretched out further to new beneficiaries and communities via our Community Collaboration Programme.

IkamvaYouth bid farewell to its Chairperson of the board, who supported the organisation for more than the 12-year period board members serve. This was to ensure the smooth transition in the board and executive roles. The incoming chairperson put emphasis on the important decisions made in 2019 and IkamvaYouth’s achievements. We hear from the new CEO about his transition to the role and highlighted the programme’s focus areas and impact.

The  2019 Matric results were impressive, with an 86% pass rate and 47% of that achieving a Bachelor pass for IkamvaYouth’s Matric cohort. The Matriculants from our partners in the Community Collaboration Programme (CCP) achieved 89% pass rate, in that 48% attained Bachelor passes. Thus enabling these young people from under-resourced communities to access post-school opportunities such as tertiary education and/or employment. Every three years, we conduct a survey to track the long-term impact of Ikamva Youth, to find out how many alumni have managed to access tertiary education and jobs. The matric learners’ university eligibility and placement on various post-school opportunities are one of our key indicators in measuring the success of the programmes organisations offer. 


We would like to thank everyone that has played a role in IkamvaYouth’s success. 

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May 27, 2020

Class Of 2019 Placements


IkamvaYouth’s mission goes beyond just ensuring that learners pass matric, we also seek to ensure that learners access post-school opportunities that will set them on a path to a dignified living. Earlier this year, IkamvaYouth was proud to announce an 86% pass rate for our matric class of 2019. Not only did 86% of learners pass, 47% of the 2019 matric cohort achieved bachelor’s passes, unlocking access to study at university. We are excited to announce a total placement rate of 75% for the class of 2019. We are particularly proud of the 45% of Ikamvanites that have accessed tertiary education.


It is encouraging to note that a total of 211 of IkamvaYouth’s 2019 matric learners have secured tertiary placements, the highest number of tertiary placements achieved over the past five years. Furthermore, the percentage of tertiary placements achieved increased from 39.50% for the 2018 cohort, to 45% for the 2019 cohort.


Ikamvanites are enrolled in a wide range of courses this year, the most being enrolled in Business Administration & Management related courses, as well as Humanities/Social Science studies.


The diversity of career streams taken by the learners is encouraging, and it makes us proud to be supporting the learners to access these respective career choices. Without the support of the branch staff and mentors, some of these learners would not have had the chance to know the courses they are pursuing even existed. The following are just a few quotes from Ikamvanites, expressing their gratitude for the support in accessing their respective post-school opportunities.




IkamvaYouth would like to acknowledge the significant efforts of all branch staff and volunteers whose hard work and dedication has enabled placement of 75% of Ikamvanites. The continued support of our funders and partners is also greatly appreciated, as these partnerships enable IkamvaYouth to support learners on their path to earning a dignified living upon completing matric.


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