IkamvaYouth is thrilled about (and still celebrating!) our success at the Mail and Guardian / Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change Award. We’re featured in this week’s Mail and Guardian — you can download the article here.
It is with great honour and enthusiasm that we break the great news of IkamvaYouth’s latest accomplishment, not only in South Africa but throughout the Southern Africa Region of the continent. Southern Africa Trust and Mail & Guardian hailed IkamvaYouth as an overall winner in the Drivers for Change – Civil Society Category, in a glamorous evening award ceremony held at 69 Melville Road near Hyde Park, on the 28th of October 2010.
Mr Brandan Cox (former secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown) wowed the dignitaries in his key note address based on the three G’s, Growth, Gender and Governance as pillars of successful interventions in redressing the atrocities of the African Continent. Mr Cox acknowledged the fact that the drivers of change are the experts in knowing and dealing with the challenges of Africa.
The drivers of change judges praised IkamvaYouth’s achievement of breaking the cycle of poverty through education and for helping pupils to take responsibility for their own education and future. “These learners are the drivers of change as they are also setting a good example for younger learners to become agents of change for their own success,” the judges said.
Joy Olivier and Joe Manciya could not contain their excitement as they were cheered onto the stage to collect the oversized framed award.
“This award has been won as a result of collective efforts, hard-work and commitment to the vision of IkamvaYouth by the learners, volunteers and project sponsors”. – Andrew Barrett.
“It’s pleasing to know that someone out there is recognising the work we are doing, hopefully this would open up new avenues for us in the future”. – Winile Mabhoko.
“These are really great news I totally think we deserved this award, after all that IkamvaYouth has been through and goes through this is a great break. I trust we can do even more with this achievement in our hands”. – Nombuyiselo Dziba
Congratulations on winning the Driver of Change award! This is a HUGE achievement that will definitely help to take IY to the next level”. – Leigh Meinert.
In concluding, congratulations have been received from Desmond Tutu HIV-AIDS Foundation, Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility, Brendan Cox and most notably Rosy Motene (Tsekgo Motene) former generations actress.
Last Sarturday tutorial session , our tutors stood infront of everybody to share their personal experiences moments before the exams and shared the most encouraging and motivating words to our matric class of 2010 –
- Take exams as just another writing session, where questions will be asked and you will be expected to answer
- Keep focussed
- Exam time is not time to study from scratch but to revise , don’t be hard on yourself
- Manage your time effectively between the subjects, more especially those written at close proximity to one another, etc
- Make us proud
- we love you
Use this time and space to air your good luck wishes for our Matrics class of 2010, you can even mention their names or school or area or just Ikamvanites matric class of 2010, it will mean a lot to them.
Ikamva has two new volunteers from a Global Exchange Program run by the British Council. Francisco Armenta is a young graphic designer that works with a HIV testing agency and uses media to inform the public about HIV and AIDS. Francisco Armenta is currently one of the youngest HIV testers/counselors in Los Angeles, California. He will be helping the young adults of IkamvaYouth KZN with English, Computer Literacy, and STD’s and HIV awareness.
The second volunteer is from right here in Durban, South Africa Ayanda Chamane. She is a performing artist focused on poetry. She started professionally reciting poetry in 2006. Ayanda performed all around Durban in high schools, local radio stations, The Department of Arts and Culture, and The Centre of creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Currently she helps organize poetry shows for the BAT Centre every 3rd Saturday of the month, where she invites poets from all around the country.
These two volunteers are extremely excited to work with the young adults in the IkamvaYouth program.
IkamvaYouth and SiyakhulaComputerSchool hosted guests from LeedsUniversityBusinessSchool (CIHM)
The University of Leeds Centre for Innovation in Health Management (CIHM) is pioneering innovation in health and public service management systems. A group of social entrepreneurs, community leaders, health system leaders, academics from Asia, Africa, Europe and USA visited IkamvaYouth and our sister project SiyakhulaComputerSchool. The primary purpose was to help their international network develop a shared way of understanding how systems work and evolve in order to improve their collective capacity to support value driven change around the world…
We took our visitors to Philani Support Group, Tumelo Home for the Disabled Children, IvoryParkMethodistChurch, Lord Khanyile Youth Centre and drove them around Ebony and IvoryPark and unfortunately out time was up before we could take then to the local Chisa Nyama called Imbizo Busy Corner. The day was ended in style with a dinner at Troyville Hotel, where guests were dinned and wined until late hours of the night. I had an hour to accept an envelop from Dr Becky, as a gift to the organization. The time of goodwill is just around the corner, I will be waiting for more envelops to come, keep them coming!