Our newly launched Kuyasa branch hosted its first open-day on Saturday the 23rd of April 2016. Learners and parents gathered at Kuyasa Library, where our new branch is located. New applicants from different schools across Khayelitsha came to hear what IkamvaYouth has to offer for the rest of the year. A total number of 110 learners and parents were in attendance.

Zukiswa Gavu-Booi, the new Programme coordinator of IkamvaYouth Kuyasa, gave a warm welcome to all the learners, parents and volunteers present at the event. Zukiswa also shared a presentation about IkamvaYouth and its programmes then proceeded to explain the IkamvaYouth model and what is expected of an Ikamvanite. Part of that was outlining the 75% attendance requirement and explaining the reasons for dismissals/kick-outs.

It was exciting to see the commitment from the parents and learners; even on a cold and rainy day, the training room at Kuyasa Library was fully packed and everyone in attendance stayed until the end of the program.

A Q&A session was facilitated by our ever enthusiastic Makhaza Branch Coordinator, Busiswa”Ms. B”Dayimani. Parents and learners asked very relevant questions, such as how to overcome challenges that might impact a learner’s attendance to which Busiswa gave clarity.

We opened this branch because we saw a great demand from the learners around Kuyasa, Harare and surroundings. Learners at IkamvaYouth Kuyasa will not only be tutored, but they will also get the chance to take part in other programmes that IkamvaYouth offers such as Career Guidance, Mentoring, Operation Fikelela (Computer literacy), Health and Life skills as well as Media Image and Expression where they will be given an opportunity to showcase their talents in poetry, visual arts, and music.

We’re in the process of recruiting tutors for the branch, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor you can sign up here.