Progress South Africa (ProSA) partners with Mamelodi

Conversations of education transformation in SA

Progress South Africa (ProSA)  partners with Mamelodi

Progress South (ProSA) Africa is a Non Profit Organisation which aim to improve and make a positive difference in the rural and townships of South Africa through Education and Skills development. Their modus operandi is to identify what is lacking in  schools which directly affects the performance of learners and the assist the schools. Their project varies from renovating schools so that effective learning can take place, establishing or setting up libraries and Science Laboratories to establishing tutoring sessions for schools who need that. They even go further in uplifting the communities they work with by helping parents with skills such as sewing, bead making,and  gardening,  that will help them earn an income. The Mamelodi Branch recently established a relationship with ProSA because we share the same vision of uplifting the youth through education and we also realised that their work can enhance our programs.

On the 1st of October 2017 fellow Mamelodi branch volunteer tutors and branch staff were invited to attend a “STRATEGY AND BRAINSTORMING SESSION’’ pertaining to youth development and acceleration at Menlyn Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, the event was organised by PROGRESS SA FOUNDATION. The session was structured around the current education status of the country, the challenges that the education system is facing, what are the possible causes of the challenges, and most importantly the growing concern of unemployment, more especially youth unemployment given the below statement:

“Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa increased to 55.90 percent in the second quarter of 2017 from 54.30 percent in the first quarter of 2017. Youth Unemployment Rate in South Africa averaged 51.93 percent from 2013 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 55.90 percent in the second quarter of 2017 and a record low of 48.80 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014”

Speakers of the day:

  • Salem Nolubabalo Dyatta (speaker, MC)

  • Nombuso Ndlovu: Co-founder of Progress SA

  • Confidence Kelebogile Dikgole: (Independent School Association of South Africa)

  • Dr Jeremy Gibbered: CSIR

  • Simphiwe Gumede: Brand SA

 
 

Some of the key things highlighted include::

  • “Before completing your qualification, develop a weapon called EXPOSURE, Approach companies, agencies that would assist  you in shaping those career prospects. Going to a University doesn't guarantee you a job”.

 

  • “Shifting the mindset of youth to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship is all about solving problems.” Simphiwe Gumede Brand SA

 

  • "As we grow up we begin to lose our ability to do things for ourselves" Dr Jeremy Gibbered (CSIR).

 

  • "If we are teaching the kids today what has been taught in the past then are we really preparing them for the future" Confidence Kelebogile (ISASA).

 

  • "Inadequate education contributes to unemployment" Confidence kelebogile.

The last part of the session was a question and answer session, whereby the respective speakers were asked questions by the attendees of the various organisations and companies that were in attendance, including finding some of the basic ways we as individuals can contribute and  help government in combating these mentioned challenges.

The session was closed by entertainment in form of jazz music and an Art exhibition.

Picture of speakers of the day.

IY Staff and Tutors

ProSA is helping the Mamelodi Branch to establish a small library, where learners can have access to various books and even study in private. ProSA donated bookshelves, and they dedicated the month of October to conducting a book drive, the books will be donated to IkamvaYouth. The Mamelodi Branch in collaboration with ProSA  will launch the new library on the 16th Nov 2017.