Sep 18, 2013

Making leaning Maths fun!

The grade 9 learners
The grade 9 learners

IkamvaYouth learners in grades 8 and 9 are taking part in maths programmes (FunMaths). While the programme started at two of our branches in 2011, in July 2013 we were able to expand to 6 of our branches across the country. This programme enables learners to practice maths at their own pace and to build up foundational maths topics, thus taking away the fear of numbers and functions. IkamvaYouth has piloted these two programmes in the Makhaza and Nyanga branches over the last two years with phenomenal results; our grade 8 and 9 learners' Maths results have improved significantly, such that their current results are between 72 and 98%. These learners are all well positioned to take pure Maths (as opposed to Maths Literacy) for grade 10, and in the event that they continue to perform so well, they will be able to access highly prestigious scholarships and places on competitive programmes at the top tertiary institutions. At the Makhaza and Nyanga branches, the learners practice various maths concepts on an online platform called Khan Academy. At other branches the learners use work books produced by Education Without Boarders, as well as books from the Answer Series. The learners have mastered more maths concepts; they work hard, and always look forward to attending these sessions. The FunMaths programme is administered by one volunteer working with 20 learners. The learners attend for free, but to keep their place, they have to attend at least 75% of the term time, and they must complete the work books. The learners who took part in the FunMaths (Khan Academy) programmes at our Makhaza and Nyanga branches in the past years, 81% have moved on to take pure maths and 61% physical science when they get to grade 10, according to the Van der berg report. Thank you to all our supporters, for it is through your giving that township learners are able to take science and maths, and have access to the science careers, which traditionally are not accessible for township learners. While the township schools may not have the laboratories, IkamvaYouth is setting up computer labs at all its branches to ensure the learners practise using computers, as well as the online platforms such as Khan Academy.

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May 30, 2013

IkamvaYouth reaching more learners - new provinces

Learners making presentation at Open Day
Learners making presentation at Open Day

IkamvaYouth is determined to reach all learners across the country, empowering them through education. The organisation exists to see the youths pulling themselves and each other out of poverty through education. With the help of donations through global giving and our other partners, we are able to reach more learners in new communities.

In March 2013, IkamvaYouth opened doors for more learners in Ikageng, Potchefstroom, in the North West Province of the country, being able to set up a new branch, the first in the province. Learners were recruited from 4 feeder schools to freely benefit from the IkamvaYouth programmes. In the space of three months, about 135 learners have benefited from the free homework assistance, as well as the Saturday tutoring sessions. Volunteers from the Potchefstroom University have committed to freely help the township learners, availing themselves every Saturday morning to help the learners improve their marks in various subjects.

A very successful Open Day was held at the end of April, and learners, parents, Education Officers, and other partners expressed great appreciation of the IkamvaYouth programme in their community. The learners testified of how the few weeks had changed their perspectives about school, with one learner noting that:

'I was not so serious with my school work. Since we are so many in our class, and the teacher cannot give us individual attention, I did not care much about how I performed. Thank you IkamvaYouth, you made me realise that 'The Future is In My Hands', and I thus have to give my best for a better future. Thank you for the individual attention from the tutors, my marks have already shot up, and I have a positive attitude. I thank you!!!'

It is such touching stories of change; stories of the realisation that the learner can take responsibility of their academic work, and they can achieve well; which make the IkamvaYouth team to keep going. Thank you our partners through GlobalGiving. We are ready to start more and more branches, in new communities, to emancipate the youth from poverty through education. Thank you for your support!!

IkamvaYouth Staff and partners at the new branch
IkamvaYouth Staff and partners at the new branch
Principal of Middle School we are working from
Principal of Middle School we are working from

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Feb 26, 2013

IkamvaYouth bringing hope to township learners!!

Ntebaleng and Asanele Celebrating distinctions
Ntebaleng and Asanele Celebrating distinctions

Rhondashein Ntebaleng Morake is one of the many learners who have seen their dreams come true through IkamvaYouth's free tutoring service to township youths. This is her story:

'I grew up in the dusty township streets of Kaalfontein Midrand. My mother, being part a generational cycle of domestic workers in my family, sacrificed a lot of things of things to enable me to escape this cycle and have better opportunities. She infused me with pride and dignity and allowed me to dream bigger than our two room rented shack. Having a strong work ethic and being intrigued by history, law and politics, I took the first step of rejuvenating myself by joining IkamvaYouth Gauteng. I perceive education as a pre-requisite for sustainable development and that is why I decided to join IkamvaYouth. Education is the foundation of every society and an essential element to build a secure livelihood. It is the only thing that can catapult me, a daughter of a domestic worker and transform me to make gigantic impacts in our country and continent, by stimulating entrepreneurship, nourishing education and tackling crime through my desired career path (Law and Politics).

IkamvaYouth helped me academically and made me a strong academic student. Through its help, I was able to be in the academic top 5 in my school and be awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Grade 12, 2012 by Tsosoloso Ya Afrika High School. I was recently selected to part of be part of the Urban Transformers 2012-2013 by Rethink Leadership as I am inspired by ethical leadership and I speak up in favour of the voiceless. I have also managed to get 4 Distinctions at Matric (2012) and this is a dream come true for me. The fact that I got such good results means that my future has taken a completely different route and my mother no longer has to work as a domestic worker for much longer.

Although my mother is financially disadvantaged, I want to study BA Law with Political Science, Philosophy and International Relations at the University of Cape Town or the University of the Witwatersrand. When I wrote this article about myself, I realised that I aspire to represent the best of Africa's produce for she is not destitute nor cursed or relegated to occupying the position of orphan continent. I have a clear vision of where I am going, for I have invested in educating myself in preparation to make myself, community, country and continent a success. My dream is to one day be the President of the Republic of South Africa and the Secretarial General of the United Nations. I want to thank IkamvaYouth for helping me to work towards my dreams.'

Thank you so much to all our donors and supporters. Rhondashein received a full scholarship to study Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. IkamvaYouth is determined to see township youth pulling themselves and each other out of poverty through education. Thank you for donating to this cause.

Learners celebrating a 100% matric pass at branch
Learners celebrating a 100% matric pass at branch
Off to tertiary!! The joy of passing matric.
Off to tertiary!! The joy of passing matric.

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