By Respond Nola
Anyone would expect a Mandela day to be of physical charity and more. But the founders of the Thekvest group found a far more fun, educational and inspirational way of paying their bid to the 67 minutes pledge of giving back to the community by merging with other organizations and groups to host the career link program which has been running for the past two years on this delightful day. This program was aimed at connecting, motivating and awakening youth on the misconceptions and after life of studies. With different items for the day, the emphasis was put mostly on the expectations and reality checks of youth and employment. Having top of the class cuisine and prizes won, items included special guests from From Mr Jorge Maia an economist, to Mrs Lerato Ditshego-CEO of Art and visual agency and motivational speaker, talk was from statistical alert on the countries employment issues-Educational talk to personal experiences and motivation-inspirational talk. The youth that was part of this exciting event were fortunate enough to have one-on-one chats with the leading online recruiters of our country (Pnet and Harambe) allowing them to open discussions and more knowledge on these agencies.
As part of the whole initiative we then had to go through intimate chats with the professionals who have experience of over 20 years. Conversations around the world of work, challenges faced and also looking at their successes, and, how could one arrive to that kind of satisfaction regarding ones career. They also had conversations around meeting all your career and personal areas of interest and opportunities were discussed and brought to the volunteers attention.
Some tutor quotes about what they took from the day,
“Don’t ever burn the bridge between you and your dreams”
“Strive to be the best, regardless of any circumstances, be a beast”
Ikamvayouth has partnered with Unleashed Woman to bring a change and ensure that the future is in their hands, tutors were really informed and motivated.
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
We would like to thank Unleashed woman for the opportunity.
By Bongiwe Nkambule
This year, the Ivory Park branch hosted yet another successful winter school programme that commenced on the 3rd of July until the 14th of July. The programme started off with an opening ceremony attended by tutors, learners, branch staff as well as other IkamvaYouth staff from the Gauteng team. Over 45 Tutors and approximately 165 learners were then grouped using a colour system with the purpose of sharing tasks and ensuring that there is order.
Our programme included a minimum of 40 hours of tutoring, afternoon fun activities and educational workshops, talent show preparations, winter school tournament/sports day as well as academic games such as trivia and general knowledge.
We managed to get through our winter school programme accordingly and in line with the schedule. What worked really well was the condition of the venue, registration of tutors and learners before the commencement of sessions, name tags, colour coding, as well as the tutor team tasks schedule.
Learners and Tutors during the Opening Ceremony
Before the start of tutoring sessions, registration and ice-breakers were the culture of the Ivory Park branch whereby tutors and learners would get name tags and proceed to the assembly for an ice breaker. Tutoring sessions began at 09:30 am each day with fundamental subjects such as Mathematics and English being the main focus and then followed by all the other general subjects (Accounting, Geography, History, etc.).
Tutoring sessions taking place inside and outside the classrooms
During the first week, Lovelife and The Unleashed Woman hosted workshops for our tutors and learners. These workshops took place in the afternoon on Thursday the 6th of July in which Unleashed Woman conducted a tutor session with our tutors while the Lovelife ground breakers had our learners participate in fun activities. During the second week, SADAG explored ways for young people to escape the negative binds of drug abuse with our grade 9s. Our Grade 11 learners also attended a three-day Capitec Financial Training conducted by the Diepsloot fellows Zikhona and Thabo. Sonke Gender Justice hosted a workshop for our male learners and tutors on the 11th of July to empower them, as the branch focus during the first half of this year had been mainly on female empowerment.
Learners with one of the LoveLife groundbreakers
At the end of the first week, learners and tutors participated in the winter school tournament/sports day. Indigenous games like hopscotch, uMgusha,donkey and skipping rope were played.
On the last day of winter school, the tutors and learners showcased their talents from the choir, dancing and singing, modelling, poetry and rap as well drama. Tutors were handed certificates as a token of appreciation from the Ivory Park branch for availing themselves during the winter school and committing to the programme.