By Mark Slessenger - National Hope Academy Director
We would like to announce formally our partnership with the College of Cape Town. Our Hope Academy in Drakenstein has signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the College of Cape Town so that young offenders that graduate from the Hope Academy program can receive bursary's to study further and receive skills training.
This is a huge agreement for Hope Academy and enables the program to practically offer great opportunities for young men to gain self respect and gain qualifications that can help them find employment in the future.
"The College is excited to work alongside AIS and offer opportunities to the young men from the Hope Academy. We all deserve a second chance in life and the College of Cape Town believes in helping all young people pursue education and employment. This agreement brings hope not only to the young men from Hope Academy but also to the future of South Africa" Charlene Beeming, Research and Curriculum Development.
Currently the agreement has enabled two young men to join an Electrical Engineering beginners course and we have one ex-Academy member signed up for the Automotive course later this month. With many young men expected to be released from the Academy and prison early next year the agreement gives us the ability to offer something tangible to young men and help them not re-offend and find hope in life.
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