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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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