The Qhubeka! Youth Development Programme holistically supports learners throughout high school and into further education, training or employment by providing life skills, academic support, book clubs, computer training, leadership, coding, job shadowing, psychosocial support, career guidance, sports and culture.
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 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.
Under the guidance of our skilled facilitators, the learners dedicate two afternoons and one Saturday morning each week to engage with their school work and receive valuable support.
Each learner is invited to an 8-week computer training course at least once a year. The goal is to prepare the learner for entering the workplace or further education facilities.
Life skills lessons are tailored per grade and designed to give the learners the soft skills necessary to succeed.
Learners engage with the content of the books in a way that helps them develop critical thinking skills and 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.
During their time with us, learners participate in various enrichment activities, such as job shadowing, arts and culture, sports, holiday clubs, hikes, camps, and more, promoting their holistic development.
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 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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