On the 9th of March 2013, Ivory Park had its first parent’s meeting. It was exciting to see such an impressive turn out from parents who were willing to work together with IkamvaYouth in achieving some of its goals. Parents who were not able to attend did make an effort to send someone on their behalf. This showed that the parents were very dedicated to IkamvaYouth and also to its programmes. This in turn also proved that the parents have interest in their children’s education.

A number of parents needed clarity as to what we are about. Some of the important issues that were addressed included the following: Financial assistance, the kickout system, parental involvement (consent forms, word of mouth as a recruitment method) and sexual education at home. It’s only been 11 weeks since the academic year started, but it is fulfilling to know that we have made a difference in some of our learners’ lives.  

Parents commended us on the work we do and assured us of their continued support to the organisation. Ms Nonyane(Gr12 parent) volunteered to be the representative of parents for our branch. Her commitment and optimism makes her standout. We are happy to have her in our team. Parental involvement is an important factor for learner’s academic achievement.

All the above proves beyond any doubt that our first meeting was a success. We all look forward to a fruitful year.