Jun 30, 2014

Replicating the IkamvaYouth education model!

Organisations attend to learn about the model
Organisations attend to learn about the model

In 2013, IkamvaYouth established the Community Collaboration department, in a bid to find ways of responding to the many requests by other organisations who wanted to replicate the IkamvaYouth tutoring model. With IkamvaYouth having established a track record of amazing matric (grade 12) results,using an easy to implement tutoring model, the community collaboration department has began working with other organisations to replicate the tutoring model, and thus ensuring more township learners improve their marks.

IkamvaYouth and its partner organisations have realised the need to collaborate in order to succeed and sustain. The realisation that together we are stronger, better, and will inevitably last longer has led to a growing number of trusting relationships developing between organisations. The community collaboration project brings together a group of like-minded forward thinking change-makers who are all working in the after-school education space to provide opportunities to youth living in township communities. The idea behind the community is to offer support to these organisations in order to maximise our collective impact.Over the past six months the community has met monthly to share, complain, advise, suggest and develop solutions to the challenges that our programmes inevitably face. These organisations hail from different communities and are at different levels of their own development yet they have much in common. Arlene Bock from Sozo Foundation has been a committed member of the group since January. She was inspired to participate by ‘the vision of a community of organisations all uniting and supporting one another to a make a significant dent in the challenges many South African youth are faced with.’

This need for support is echoed by all participants and as the community has taken shape it has begun to serve this need. Through the sharing of resources such as a donation of 60 Answer Series books from an organisation with surplus to one with a shortage, and of contacts and opportunities which has led to several students having been accepted on to Enke’s Trailblazer programme for 2014, the collaborative community is working together to reach a common goal. This goal is a strengthened after-school sector that develops South Africa’s youth academically and non-academically to ultimately reach Vision 2030.

The project has been on a steep learning curve since January and various challenges have presented themselves (about as fast as they have been solved!). Despite the difficulties of working as a group, holding people accountable, meeting real needs, individualising support, and monitoring impact, the community continues to benefit the participants and add real value to the programmes that they deliver. Sonwabile Mayekiso, from Education Without Boarders said that being part of the collaborative community has helped him to ‘see ways of overcoming challenges that [they] are grappling with, because other organizations have grappled with the same challenges and have overcome them."


It is clear that South Africa has an education crisis, it is evident that IkamvaYouth is having an impact in this area by improving the academic results of learners, and it is apparent that there are many other organisations and individuals striving to replicate this impact but require support and guidance to do so. To make headway towards Vision 2030 and ultimately to address the education crisis and build a better future for South Africa’s youth, collaboration is needed and the responsibility to provide a space for it is in IkamvaYouth’s hands. As the project progresses IkamvaYouth is exploring innovative ways of offering support and guidance in effective, efficient and sustainable ways.


Mar 28, 2014

IkamvaYouth's 2013 matric secures 73% placement!

Township learners achieving against all odds!
Township learners achieving against all odds!

The sky is not the limit for IkamvaYouth astrophysicists

The matric class of 2013 was IkamvaYouth’s 9th and by far our largest ever, with over 150 Ikamvanites. These dedicated young men and women come from 7 different townships in 3 provinces, and they 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 2013 not only achieved an 89% matric pass rate, but 73% of them have already gone on to access the post-school opportunities they need to set them on the path to earning a dignified living.

Even more impressively, 46% of the matriculants accessed either Universities or Universities of Technology – 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 Nursing. A record 10 Ikamvanites began their first year at the prestigious University of Cape Town this year, including top Makhaza students Sipho Ngqayimbana and Abongile Jojozi, who are both studying Astrophysics. Perhaps the next Stephen Hawking will be from Khayelitsha!

Overall, 63% of the Ikamvanites who passed matric in 2013 accessed some form of tertiary studies, including at FETs and private colleges. A further 8% accessed learnerships, and 10% 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 partners and sponsors for all the support they’ve given us and the brilliant Ikamvanites of 2013.

We would also like to call on any other interested organisations or individuals who can partner with us to help place the class of 2014, and work towards our Vision 2030 for South Africa. We would especially like to hear from bursary providers and organisations able to provide learnerships, internships and apprenticeships!


Dec 26, 2013

Celebrating 10 Years of IkamvaYouth

IkamvaYouth @ 10
IkamvaYouth @ 10


 On October 3 Ikamvanites from all over South Africa and our extended IkamvaYouth family gathered in Cape Town to mark ten years of impact on education in South Africa.

There was plenty to celebrate. By the end of 2012 we’d supported 3 000 learners through high school and 94% of our 2012 matriculants passed – 90% qualifying to study for degrees or diplomas, and 96% accessing post-school placements. With new branches in the Eastern Cape and North West province we’re now working in five provinces.

Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel was guest speaker at the milestone event. A fitting choice as we also launched Vision 2030 which aligns IkamvaYouth firmly with the National Development Plan for 2030.

Minister Manuel described IkamvaYouth’s development as “a decade of fighting for change, of growing a movement”. “You are the change, the model that works … (and) must be taken forward,” he said.


VISION 2030 (IkamvaYouth)


ALL who begin Grade 1 in 2018 will pass matric or the equivalent.

ALL who matriculate in 2030 will access post school opportunities.

ALL young people, with IY support will earn a dignified living after accessing learning opportunities.

To achieve this, we plan to partner with those who share our vision.


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