Ikamvanites Learn About Life Under The Sea

Ikamvanites Learn About Life Under The Sea

Ikamvanites were excited to learn about marine life during winter school workshops on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, volunteers from the Two Oceans Aquarium taught learners about marine careers and sustainability of ocean resources. Learners also got to hold and learn about starfish, sea anemones, and sea urchins. On Thursday, learners had the opportunity to visit the Two Oceans aquarium, where they explored life in the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Learners have expressed an interest in pursuing careers in marine biology after the visit.

A Special Thanks to Two Oceans volunteers.

Call for applicants: Cato Manor Branch Coordinator

IkamvaYouth: Branch Coordinator

IkamvaYouth is a township-based non-profit organisation, established in 2003 and formally registered in 2004, with branches in three provinces, operating from Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Masiphumelele in the Western Cape, Ivory Park in Gauteng, and the greater Cato Manor area in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. While learners enroll at IkamvaYouth when they are in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11, the programme’s success is ultimately determined by the number of grade 12 learners who access tertiary institutions and/or employment-based learning opportunities when they matriculate. IkamvaYouth in the Greater Cato Manor area of Durban (comprised of Cato Crest, Cato Manor, Ridgeview, Chesterville and Bonela townships), has grown from the Maths Support Programme that was started in 2007 by students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus for learners from the nearby Cato Crest informal settlement.

IkamvaYouth in Durban seeks to fill the position of Branch Coordinator for its flagship office, which will be based in the township of Chesterville. S/he will be a solutions orientated social entrepreneur who is passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities, and wants to make a difference. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in a by-youth for-youth educational movement that empowers young people to take our future into our own hands. Previous exposure to volunteer work or an NGO environment preferable but not essential.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with the Directors of other branches in a coordinated and collaborative way to ensure alignment of policies and processes, and prevent duplication of effort;
  • Recruit, coordinate and support volunteer tutors and mentors;
  • Liaise with the schools, parents and other community stakeholders;
  • Fundraise to build the branch (meeting with funders, writing proposals and reports);
  • Manage an office and ensure accurate and up-to date data collection and administration for monitoring and evaluation;
  • Budgeting, financial management and reporting;
  • Coordinate the organisation’s communications (website, group e-mail discussion lists, newsletters, etc.) together with other ikamvanites;
  • Lead the team of volunteers to implement the supplementary tutoring, career guidance and mentoring and holiday programmes. Requirements:
  • Post Matric qualification
  • Project management skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Report writing and presentation skills
  • Organised and efficient;
  • Enjoys working with young people;
  • Able to work alone and take initiative;
  • Adept at using computers and able to work virtually (many discussions, meetings and document development occur collaboratively online);
  • “Can do” attitude and belief is very important (IkamvaYouth achieves great results despite challenging environments and minimal resources);

Send resume with covering letter to: zamo@ikamvayouth.org 

Closing date: 29 July 2011

     

Mphumzi’s Memorial Service and Funeral

Mphumzi’s Memorial Service and Funeral

Mphumzi Klaas passed away on 26 June. Ikamvanites are grieving for this amazing colleague, tutor, mentor and friend. Mphumzi has been integral to IkamvaYouth since he joined in 2005, while doing grade 11. He has since fulfilled various important roles at the Makhaza branch, and has been an inspiration and friend to hundreds of ikamvanites. When introducing himself to visitors, he’d proudly say that he does “a little bit of everything” at IkamvaYouth, and it was true. Besides keeping the Makhaza branch going and consistently aiming higher, Mphumzi was the glue of the Makhaza family with his deep commitment and great sense of humour.

The memorial service is on the 6th of July 2011 at Desmond Tutu Hall. It will start at 17:30 until 19:00. Click here for the directions from town, and contact me direct 0789929269 if you get lost.

The funeral is on 9 June at Solomon Mahlangu Hall, next to Harry Gwala High School / Kuyasa train station. It will start at 9:30am until 12o’clock.

Ikamvanites Befriend Big Cats

Ikamvanites Befriend Big Cats

The Cheetah Sanctuary’s outreach program came to Makhaza’s Winter School on Wednesday, 29th June, to run a workshop on conservation of cheetahs’ habitats. On the following day the group was taken to the facilities of the Sanctuary, where they had the chance to play with adult cheetahs and study them from close proximity.

Anamhla from grade 10 said: “I really enjoyed the afternoon and I wasn’t even scared when I got the chance to play with an adult cheetah. I also learned a lot. Did you know cheetah was the fastest animal on Earth?

Special thanks to the Cheetah Sanctuary’s volunteers.