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QHUBEKA!
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

programme overview

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. 


THE CHALLANGE

LACK OF SUPPORT

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.

QUALITY 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.

SOFT SKILLS

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.

OUR APPROACH

Our methodology involves channelling assistance through several programme components that collectively leave no gaps in intellectually and emotionally equipping participating youth to pursue further education, training or employment, and transition successfully into adulthood. We focus on:
REAL WORLD LEARNING
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.
MODERN LEARNING FRAMEWORK
Our methodology embraces a modern learning framework aimed at creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. These are fully transferable and allow the youth to adapt to new working environments with ease.
REFLECTIVE LEARNING
We encourage the 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 they exit the programme.

CORE ACTIVITIES

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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.

Computer Training

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 Sessions

Life skills lessons are tailored per grade and designed to give the learners the soft skills necessary to succeed.

BOOK CLUBS

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.

Coding

Grade 11 learners are taught basic HTML and CSS. Learners are also taken through the process of creating their own website.

Lateral Development Activities

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.

KEY OUTCOMES

  • 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

ULTIMATE IMPACT

  • 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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Just Grace is a non-profit company with the overarching objective of poverty alleviation in Langa, Cape Town.

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only operates in Langa, Cape Town.


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