Feb 16, 2016

Above and Beyond (What limits?)

Ikageng Matric results day
Ikageng Matric results day

2015 came and went with Ikamvanites (IkamvaYouth learners) proving themselves by rising above their circumstances and moving themselves to newer heights. IkamvaYouth’s pass rate in 2015 was 80% compared to the national figure which was 71%. Although 87% of Ikamvanites attend schools in townships, they managed to succeed against the odds and consistently beat the national average matric results. For many of the learners passing matric is the key to help them get out of the poverty trap and uplift their families and communities in the process. It is a big step towards creating a better life. We are proud of the learners, many of them achieved exceptional results, and showed marked improvements in their academic results.

We saw incredible results from branches in notoriously poor-performing regions, namely Kwa-Zulu Natal(KZN) and the Eastern Cape. The Umlazi branch in KZN is celebrating an 87% pass,with 74% eligible for tertiary, while the Chesterville branch also in KZN achieved an 89% pass. Overall 69% of ikamvanites are eligible for tertiary studies compared to the national average of 55%. A point of interest is that Ikamvanites often opt to take difficult subjects. Nationally, only 41% of matrics take mathematics and of those only 49% pass; among Ikamvanites 51% take mathematics and 58% pass. Similarly with physical science, at a national level only 30% of matrics take physical science and of those only 59% pass; among Ikamvanites 39% take Physical Science and 67% pass.

This is how some of the learners performed:

Chumisa from Makhaza achieved 6 distinctions, and has been awarded a scholarship to study at UCT and wants to study either Geology or Pharmacy. Bongane, who joined the Umlazi branch in grade 10 when he was failing Maths and Life Sciences, said that, the matric exams were of high standard, but with IkamvaYouth in my corner I managed to get a Bachelor Pass that I am very proud of. Today I am very proud to have passed Maths with 70% and Life Science with 72%. IkamvaYouth is a programme aiming at helping pupils with their future, and this year I am going to study Geological Science at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and also  give back to this programme by becoming a tutor. Khonaye joined IkamvaYouth in Joza when he was in grade 11 as he had poor results in grade 10, and was unsure about his post-school career options. He is now celebrating being one of the top matric achievers at his school, and is going on to study Psychology at Rhodes university. The diversity in the learners’ chosen career paths is a reflection of how Ikamvanites go on to contribute to a range of important fields that will equip them with the skills they need to build South Africa, including medicine, engineering, social work, and Information Technology.

IkamvaYouth has managed to maintain a matric pass rate of between 80 and 100% each year since 2005, the true credit for these results must go to the learners, volunteers, the staff, partner organisations and you our donors. We invite you to continue to support IkamvaYouth through the course of 2016 and thank you so much for your support to date.

With 11 branches and counting, we look forward to growing, improving our results and having an even greater impact on our communities this year. If you would like to get involved or find out more about our organisation, please contact Hetile  (hetile@ikamvayouth.org).

 

Tutoring session
Tutoring session

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Nov 19, 2015

Achieving dreams

IkamvaYouth's Masi Branch
IkamvaYouth's Masi Branch

As can be seen from the attached Annual Report, 2014 was the year of growth for us: our matric class was 63% bigger than the previous year, we reached over 1,700 learners and we opened our tenth branch. For most of South Africa's children, the only way out of poverty is through education. Ikamvanites (IkamvaYouth learners) continue to prove that anyone and everyone - irrespective of the school one attends and the socio-economic status of one's parents can achieve his dreams and escape poverty.  Please take the time to read our Annual Report, we are sure you will love the infographics, the news from our donors and update from our branches. 

We have just completed this short film, which showcases some of our learners and is for you, our generous supporters. Please feel free to share this video with your friends too. 

We are also wanted to share with you some stories from our Ikamvanites this month:  

"My name is Cherol and I am from a township called Ivory Park where the roses grow on cement and our backgrounds do not determine how far we will go in life. Being raised in a family of eight is not a walk in a park. My parents worked hard to provide us with everything we need, but a taxi driver’s salary and a street vendor’s income was never enough, so I had to learn to appreciate the little they gave me and I worked very hard to achieve my goal. I joined IkamvaYouth because I needed someone to help me understand my studies beyond the classroom and IkamvaYouth made that true for me.  My marks improved and my parents were very happy to see me improve because their only wish was to see me succeed in everything I ever wanted. My matric was challenging because of my illness but with the help of IkamvaYouth I managed to pass with a Bachelor degree and I am currently studying ITE+ and I have come back to pay it forward as a tutor at IkamvaYouth. Next year I want to study Logistics because of my interest on how things operate and how packages travel from country to country, and also manage people. In the next 5 years I want to be a Logistics manager, and one of the sponsors of IkamvaYouth because lessons I have been taught here have made me who I am and indeed if I can dream it I know I can make it."

“My name is Zizipho, I joined IkamvaYouth so that I can improve and get good marks on my school work. I want to accomplish many things and with IkamvaYouth by my side that seems possible. At the end of the day, I want to see myself achieving my goals and IkamvaYouth gives us the opportunities that only few programmes can offer - for instance, I’m able to get my assignments done because at IkamvaYouth we get access to computers and the Internet. Also IkamvaYouth tutors are patient with struggling students like myself. They also help us make wise decisions before exam times, so that we’re ready when it’s time. At IkamvaYouth, we’re not only pushed to do well at school but also they motivate us in many ways - in the beginning of the second term we were introduced to mentors that are now supporting us not only with our studies but with life in general.”

With our financial year of 2015 coming to an end in two weeks, we are fundraising to reach even more learners in 2016 and therefore need your support. Please contact Alex Smith (alex@ikamvayouth.org) at IkamvaYouth if you want to know more or can introduce us to anyone you think might want to support Ikamvanites. 

Thank you

Makhaza learning
Makhaza learning

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Aug 13, 2015

Dedication and determination

Ikageng Ikamvanites
Ikageng Ikamvanites

The demographics of our Ikamvanites* and the inspiration that they are 

*Ikamvanites = IkamvaYouth learner 

All IkamvaYouth’s learners live in townships, where life for them is harsh, characterised by high levels of poverty, crime and violence, unemployment and a scarcity of resources. Research has established that most young people living in townships have poor educational prospects.  The teaching quality at township schools is frequently below the appropriate standard, curriculum coverage is low and classrooms are overcrowded. In South Africa, from a class of 20 only 8 will complete Grade 12 (High School Graduation), 3 will achieve a pass enabling them to access university and only 2 out of this 3 will actually reach university.  In a country, where the majority of the children live in townships, only 1 of these 2 learners is likely to be from a township. In South Africa, for people with a degree, unemployment is under 5%. Levels this low can generally be ascribed to individuals moving between jobs.

The communities where our learners live are not only characterised by a lack of income and poor quality service delivery, but also by very disadvantaged, under resourced and under performing schools. Inadequate education is both a symptom and a cause of these circumstances. The environment that these learners come from presents a myriad of constraints that extend beyond the school walls. Parents are generally disengaged and disempowered to assist their children. Financial worries often distract parents and learners from seeing education as a priority, which results in high drop-out rates, poor academic performance, failure of matric examinations, and an inability to access tertiary education or the job market.

In a survey of ikamvanites, only 22% of mothers and 15% of fathers have a grade 12 qualification. As a result, even the most motivated parents are often unable to provide their child with the necessary academic support. The reality is that only 38% of ikamvanites actually live with their parents. Furthermore, households are overcrowded with 35% sharing a bed with another family member. These circumstances mean that learners do not have a second site of learning.

Against this backdrop, Ikamvanites take responsibility for their future by attending IkamvaYouth after school and showing their commitment with their attendance. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of their commitment is their willingness to attend a two-week tutoring programme during the school holidays! For two weeks in July each year, IkamvaYouth embarks on its winter school, where all branches throughout the country host learners for two weeks of intensive tutoring and workshops. The aim of winter school is to provide further supplementary tutoring to our learners, as well as open their minds to the possibilities for their future.

Branches around the country were filled to capacity by energetic bright sparks who were enthusiastic and motivated  to take their futures into their own hands. At the Nyanga and Makhaza winter school the excitement generated inspired some talented learners to perform such as Aaron, a grade 11 learner, who showcased his talent and passion for poetry, while a group of grade 10 learners sang their hearts out for the audience.

At IkamvaYouth, we are proud that this work is achieved by young South Africans themselves, (the learners, tutors and branch staff) and we are fueled by the consistent, inspirational talent, as each year ikamvanites defy the odds of their communities and their schools. Please continue to support this great work by investing in the youth of South Africa, allowing them to take the future into their own hands!

Studying hard
Studying hard

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