The biggest concern for all branches is mostly learner attendance, as it affects the learner’s academic progress. A common issue with all the branches is with the higher grades (mostly Grade11 and 12) as most of these learners have to attend compulsory after school classes at school which then affects the time that they spend at IkamvaYouth sessions. As IkamvaYouth we just have to find a way to ensure the learners stay motivated and keep attending the sessions being held.
The fire side chat helped immensely in terms of sharing ideas and engaging in ways on how to improve each branch with better learner attendance. Learner attendance is a major challenge for new branches, only because they still introducing themselves and finding their feet.
The amazing thing about IkamvaYouth is the relationship that we aim to form and flourish between learners, tutors, parents and schools and how that relationship helps to ensure that platinum attendance becomes a norm and learners improve in their learning abilities and academic progress.
So many things are involved in handling the learners such as report collection, database and attendance. As mentioned earlier we try by all means to involve schools and parents to assist us in such aspects to ensure that we are aware of learner improvements.
We generally believe that working with the schools will actually encourage the community and parents to be part of our movement. We clearly observed that intervening with the parents is rather helpful when it comes to things such as learners reporting that they will not be attending homework sessions for a certain day. Things like this are raised in parent meetings, another way to communicate with the community to inform them what plans, visions and strategies are in place and how we intend to go forth, impact and uplift the next generation and we intend to maintain consistency in producing better results and making sure that IkamvaYouth’s objective is recurring and achieved.
A lot of things arise in the discussions we have but their only for the better. Imposing changes in the new term will be something to look forward to but with intention to acknowledge that learner capacity is quite different but, learners getting mentors and having proper study schedule’s a way forward will be developed.