Ikamva Youth of Ebony Park, in collaboration with a group of final-year strategic communication students from the University of Johannesburg (UJ), visited Tsosoloso Ya Africa and Allanridge secondary schools on October 13.
The aim of the visits was to motivate and encourage the learners to put more effort into their schoolwork and to take advantage of the free educational support services offered by the organisation.
Speaking at the event, Thandiswa Ginindza, one of the visiting students said the primary objective was to encourage learners to be part of Ikamva Youth programmes and to stay in the programme until they sit for their matric exams or are in gainful employment after completing high school.
Also, to motivate the learners was Miss Mamelodi Sundowns Northern Cape 2016 Nthabiseng Mlangeni who is also a UJ student.
Blessing Mushaninga, an Ikamva Youth tutor took the learners through the services offered by the organisation and reminded them about the importance of utilising all resources available in order to succeed in life.
He emphasised that the services are free and that the programme accepts learners from Grade Nine until they matriculate.
He explained that it also caters for post-matriculants by helping them acquire job-related skills, among other services.
The Ebony Park branch was established in 2009.
Currently, there are 195 learners enrolled in the programme from Grade Nine to Grade 12.
The mission of the Ikamva organisation is to equip learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and employment opportunities once they matriculate.
The organisation aims to increase the collective skill level of the population, to grow the national knowledge base and to replicate success in more communities.