Overjoyed IkamvaYouth’s top achiever Simthembile, shows off her results on the recently held Matric Day celebrations

In its 16th year of operation, IkamvaYouth is proud to announce a provisional matric pass rate of 81% with a 68% tertiary eligibility for its class of 2018. This is a great achievement compared to averages of the schools these learners attend, which sits at 76% matric pass rate with 58% learners eligible for tertiary. Close to 500 learners were enrolled in the IkamvaYouth matric class of 2018, across five provinces in South Africa!

IkamvaYouth provides after-school academic support to learners attending high schools in townships. In 2018, IkamvaYouth provided academic support to over 3,500 learners in Gauteng, KZN, North West, Eastern Cape and Western Cape townships. IkamvaYouth’s mission is to ensure that learners living in disadvantaged communities not only pass Grade 12 but also go on to access a post-school opportunity (e.g. university, college or a job) that enables them to earn a dignified living.

Every year, IkamvaYouth learners’ results far exceed those of their feeder schools and township averages, as the reality of the Basic Education system in South Africa remains that 50% of learners don’t make it to matric.The Gauteng region led this year’s pack of achievers with a combined 86% pass rate. Established in 2017, our Diepsloot branch, hosted its inaugural matric cohort. The branch has achieved a stellar 100% pass rate with a whopping 94% tertiary eligibility!

This success comes despite the many challenges the Diepsloot community faces. In Diepsloot (similar to many townships in the country) there is a clear need for the IkamvaYouth programme. Comparative studies reflect the disparity between education accessed by privileged white learners in suburbs and those in townships. There are great differences in performance and for most learners in the township, reaching matric is an accomplishment. Research conducted by the Gauteng Department of Education in 2015 highlights that Diepsloot has some of the most underperforming high schools in Gauteng in terms of its matric maths pass rate; with less than 10% of learners achieving high enough marks for university entry.

Maria Masonganye, who attended IkamvaYouth’s Diepsloot branch obtained a Bachelor pass and intends to study at the acclaimed Wits University this year. Maria joined IkamvaYouth while doing Grade 11, she said, “The programme made me realise that working hard pays off and isn’t a waste of my time. I am glad that I joined IkamvaYouth because it resulted in my marks improving. I learnt that with education I can do anything I want to, that nothing is impossible for me. You can change the world with education!” IkamvaYouth relies on the support of many committed volunteers to implement its high impact programme. Sipho Dlamini, a tutor in Diepsloot said he has found IkamvaYouth to be a great platform to express oneself. “I love seeing people progress in life and want to do to more unto others. It takes a village to raise a child and I am a part of this village!”

On the 100% pass rate, he said: “I am very proud of the learners, they’ve worked hard. Peer learning has played a significant role in the success of the branch.” While IkamvaYouth in Joza township in Makhanda, Eastern Cape achieved a whopping 82% pass rate, far surpassing the provincial average of 71%.

Anesipho Pama, who attended Ntsika Secondary School has been a part of the IkamvaYouth programme since she was in grade 10. She has passed her matric with a Bachelor pass, earning two distinctions – in IsiXhosa Home Language and Life Orientation. It was not an easy journey. Anesipho shared that the distance between her school and the IkamvaYouth branch location at times made it difficult for her to reach the branch. However, she says that with hard work and commitment she was able to make it through.

Anesipho has been accepted to study towards a BCom Accounting degree at Rhodes University. When asked what her inspiration has been, she says that her family gave her the strength and motivation to work hard. Having access to knowledgeable tutors also assisted her in her academic journey. She had a great time being a part of the IkamvaYouth family and she says she will definitely come back to volunteer as a tutor in 2019. Her advice to those entering matric this year is to study hard and to start early. For those joining the programme for the first time, she expressed that they ought to use the opportunity that is provided to them to the fullest.

IkamvaYouth’s Western Cape region scored a 79% matric pass rate, with the Kuyasa branch boasting the highest number of distinction passes obtained – totaling 28! We look forward to seeing many of these high achievers making a mark in the next chapter of their lives!

Our KZN and North West regions respectively achieved 79% and 73% pass rates.

Executive Director at IkamvaYouth Lungile Zakwe said: “We are proud of the great effort that has been put in by our learners and tutors and the incredible results speak to our focus on impact. Many young lives have been positively changed through their academic achievements.” Patrick Mashanda, who is the Programme Manager said: “It is inspiring to observe that we are attaining such a pass rate from a pool of learners who join the programme most of the time struggling with most of their subjects. We do not select learners based on marks, but open up the programme to all township learners, as we are sure learners who are struggling need the help most.

High spirited learners from the Diepsloot branch celebrated their 100% matric pass rate

Through the inspirational learning environment that we create at our branches, learners are inspired, and indeed take the future into their own hands; developing a culture of learning. We are continuously encouraged in that we are successfully giving township learners a good footing to opportunities and pathways to dignified lives against all odds!”

Every year since 2005 (IkamvaYouth’s first matric cohort), ikamvanites achieve matric pass rates of between 80-100%. In 2018, 81% of the 2017 cohort accessed post-school opportunities which include tertiary placement, learnerships, employment, and upgrading matric.IkamvaYouth’s work would not be possible without the commitment of our tutors, funders, and supporters. We would also like to send a big shout out to our biggest donors for 2018: Coca Cola Beverages of South Africa, Omidyar Network, Estee Lauder Charitable Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, Capitec Foundation, Cargill and many others.