Ikamva Youth held a special event on January 5 to celebrate the matric results produced by learners who attended their programmes in Ebony Park.
Branch coordinator Michael Thema said on the day they were both showcasing their learners’ matric results and also collecting statistics.
“We have produced 66 per cent bachelor passes, 17 per cent diplomas and six per cent higher certificates,” said Thema.
According to the organisation’s website, Ikamva Youth equips learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources needed to access tertiary education and/or employment opportunities once they matriculate.
The non-profit organisation was established in 2003 and currently operates in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, North West, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.
Thirty-five members of the Ebony Park branch sat their matric exams, and all but one of them passed.
Lesedi Ramushu, a tutor at the centre, said they measure the success of their programmes by the number of learners who enter university.
“At Ikamva Youth we supplement what learners get from school and give them an extra edge, as opposed to focusing on school alone.
“I also benefited from other tutors, therefore I felt is important for me to be a tutor here and help the learners with their school work.” Ikamva Youth’s offerings are more than just academic, Ramushu added; they also offer bursary and internship opportunities, and engage in creative arts.
“Without our sponsors this wouldn’t be possible, so I would like to thank them.”
Njabulo Mutle (17) received a bachelor’s degree (university entrance) pass with five distinctions, and said she is very excited about starting a new chapter of her life.
“Ikamva Youth offered a lot of assistance. I was introduced to the centre by a friend and thereafter I had access to tutors, study guides and exposure to available careers,” Mutle said.
“I got motivated and received a lot of support in my studies. I really appreciate to have been a part of the Ikamva Youth initiative.”
Nomvelo Mabaso (17), who achieved a bachelor’s degree pass with four distinctions, said she joined Ikamva Youth in 2015 while she was in Grade 10.
“I wanted to improve my marks because I was struggling with physics. At the end of 2015 I did well in my Grade 10 results and then I decided to stick with Ikamva Youth until my matric,” Mabaso said.
“2017 was very challenging and there was a lot of pressure, so we were encouraged to study in groups and that helped a lot. I want to say thank you very much to Ikamva Youth and surely I will be coming back to tutor other learners because I also got help here.”
Mabaso encouraged learners to join Ikamva Youth to improve their marks and make new friends.
Ikamva Youth services are free, and the centre is situated in Ebony Park at number 49 Boshoff Road, President Park, Midrand.
Learners who wish to join can contact branch coordinator Michael Thema on 087 096 0108 or 074 664 8856 or email [email protected]