This programme holistically supports learners throughout high school and into further education, training, or employment.
Education in historically disadvantaged schools has been subject to problems that undermine parental involvement. In addition, low-income communities are subject to socio-economic conditions that make parental involvement difficult.
These include not feeling equipped because of a low education attainment, not fully understanding the role that they play in their child’s education and contending with other socioeconomic issues such as poverty and unemployment. Together, these factors influence the ability of a parent to play an active and meaningful role in their child’s education.
Learners who attend schools in Langa are not afforded the opportunity to access quality education. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustainable economic growth.
The South African education system provides most learners with a poor quality education. The factors causing this are complex and extensive, a few of which are high drop-out rates, the forced promotion of learners who performed poorly to a higher grade, the low requirements to achieve a pass, poor quality teaching, inadequate infrastructure and chronic absenteeism and lateness.
The challenging socio-economic environment in Langa makes it difficult for learners to develop the required soft skills to succeed in life. These various conditions in the community make parenting involvement difficult and the poor quality of schooling means that learners are often not taught these skills at school.
Without the necessary soft skills, learners are not prepared to cope with life after school including developing strong and responsive relationships, communication, conflict resolution, perseverance and healthy decision making.
Technical or soft skills taught in isolation result in little impact. Our programmes ensure the youth are actively engaged throughout the learning process, and that they engage with the complexity of the world.
Therefore, the programme uses life skills, computer training, coding and book club sessions to give the learners opportunities to relate their learning to real world opportunities and problems.
Our methodology embraces a modern learning framework aimed at creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
These skills are fully transferable and therefore allow the youth to adapt to new environments with ease.
We encourage our youth to be reflective learners. This means being aware of themselves and the world around them, including possible misconceptions and biases.
In addition, we actively teach the youth about metacognition, the art of being aware of one’s own problem-solving processes. This equips the youth to continuously develop their thinking and reasoning, even after the exiting programme.
The learners work through what they covered in class during the weekly support sessions for four hours and for three hours on Saturday.
Each learner is invited to an 8-week computer training course at least once a year. The goal is to prepare the learner for when they enter the workplace or further education facilities.
Learners engage with the content of the books in a way that helps them develop critical thinking skills and they debate their views around topical global and local issues.
Grade 11 learners are taught basic HTML and CSS. Learners are also taken through the process of creating their own website.
The life skills lessons are tailored per grade and designed to give the learners the soft skills that are necessary to succeed in life.
Each learner in grade 11 will have the opportunity to attend job shadowing at a few organisations.
The holiday club takes place during the June – July holiday for a period of one week. The goal during this time is to expose the learners to different learning areas and activities that they may not have been exposed to otherwise.
Improved academic results
Successful learners serve as role models to others
Improved motivation, perseverance and grit
Broadened horizons and improved critical thinking
Learners become lifelong learners
Learners are better prepared to cope with further education and employment
Learners are prepared to pursue further education or a employment
Learners’ improved development is passed on for generational impact.
Eradication of unemployment
Increased adult empowerment
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