Happy Youth Month-Educo Africa June Newsletter 2016

Dear Educo Africa Supporter,

Happy Youth Day for the 16th of June. This month we celebrate young people in South Africa. We also commit to listening to them and supporting them. To honour their voices, our newsletter this month includes three pieces written by our beneficiaries, telling us their inspiring stories and projects.

Out on the courses we run, our BIG TSiBA Education season (13 Personal Development and Leadership Courses) ended on a high note by completing the final courses for the TSiBA Eden Campus in Karatara. We are very thankful that all went smoothly and safely, and are proud of the ‘TSiBAlings’ and all they achieved.
Then in late May, our intrepid course leaders and vehicles were once more on the road to run two courses in the Eastern Cape, one being a Personal Development and Leadership course for 12 young people from the King Williams Town Child and Youth Care Centre, and the second course a Caring for Caregivers course for carers from the same organisation.
 
In other news, there is a bunch of activity happening in our Sihambela Phambili (SP) Programmes (see stories below from young people). Pictured right below: the SP Leadership Team of Educo Africa ‘alumni’ held two ‘Navigation-day Hikes’ at the Echo-Valley Trail in Kalk Bay, and Educo Africa has been selected to be part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) with the Department of Social Development for the fourth year running. We have 20 young people assisting in our office and base camp from the City of Cape Town as well as Porterville region, one of whom, Thotyelwa, has shared some of her story below. Enjoy!

Joining the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

My name is Thotyelwa Matiso, I live in a township called New Cross Roads in Nyanga and I would like to share my experience in the EPWP Programme.

I grew up in a disadvantaged community where there was a lot of social and economical problems such as unemployment, drug abuse, crime and teenage pregnancy.
 
It has been a good programme for me because before I joined the programme I was unemployed. The best thing about this programme is that it helped me to gain skills and have work experience.
It showed me that Government does care about unemployment in South Africa and it is increasing on a daily basis.

Ever since the EPWP Programme has been implemented things in my life have slowly but surely improved. I am now able to assist at home with groceries. I gained self- confidence as a young woman which was something I struggled with. It is a great feeling to be able to contribute to the economy as well through helping different local businesses.

Through the programme I got the job at Educo Africa as a Trainee Wilderness Facilitator and I got the opportunity to help other young people finding their potential.

My vision is to further my studies in Social Work and to be able to support my family and my community!

Anele Wondo shares about the ‘Swing your Vote Campaign’ from the Making Local Government Work Programme (MLGW), a part of Educo Africa’s Sihambela Phambili initiative.
 
What is #SwingYourVote Campaign?
In the past 7 months a diverse group of youth from different areas of Cape Town have been undergoing a course on public governance, implemented by Educo Africa.  
The hashtag challenges citizens not only to vote, but be involved in the process and structures of democracy by claiming spaces they occupy and not just complain and burn tyres and facilities.

Who we are?
We are a cohort of youth in different areas in the City of Cape Town, (Langa, Kraaifontein, Delft, Khayelitsha and Hanover Park), building relationships with our local government through Accountability and Active citizenship.
 
Stake holders that support the #SwingYourVote Campaign?
There are amazing stakeholders that support our initiative namely: Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC), Activate Change Drivers, Rainbow Arts Organisation, Africa Unite, Equal Education, Social Justice Coalition, SenzaUmahluko, City of Cape Town and Light of Life Theatre
 
Support us and get involved:
Diarise the following date for the first MLGW Campaign Event:
25th June 2016 at the Langa Civic Hall
More dates will be sent out in the next Newsletter edition.

Catch us on our Facebook Page: SwingYourVote Campaign
Twitter: @EducoAfrica #SwingYourVote
Email: siphelele@educo.org.za
 

Support a Learner through School Project initiated by one of the Sihambela Phambili (SP) Leadership members; Wendy Sinovuyo Pikelela:

Sihambela Phambili recently supported an initiative called “Support a Learner through School“ at a local school in Mfuleni “Manzomthombo Senior Secondary School“. This took place Saturday 28th of May 2016 where seven Grade 8 learners were taken shopping for uniforms.

It was seen as means of encouragement and reward for their good behaviour and academic performance as identified and chosen by their teachers. School items were bought based on the need of that particular item for each of the learners from grey trousers to shirts and socks. Since the Winter season has started beanies and scarves with the school badge were also bought for the learners. Rain jackets also with the school badge were seen as the need and were purchased for all 7 learners; however one of those was sponsored by one of our SP leadership team member Faith Tererai-Ngam.

The project is ongoing and will continue until the learners reach Grade 12. The parents were part of the hand-over and were very excited and they were grateful to the team for their work and they believe that their learners are going to get the best support.

As one of the parents said “My salary is not enough, therefore I could not afford to buy all these items, Thank you”.

Educo Africa and the Sihambela Phambili Programme looks forward to walking alongside these young pupils and helping them realize and live to their full potential.

 
Educo Africa is a youth development organisation started in South Africa in 1994. The first phase of our overarching programme uses wilderness experiential learning as a profound platform for young people to experience their inherit potential. The second phase is a youth movement supporting young people in living their potential, with a specific focus on social and environmental wellbeing.   VISION Young people understanding their roles as powerful agents for change – actively, confidently and positively contributing towards a better global community.   MISSION To develop in young South Africans a sense of vision, initiative, contribution and personal responsibility, with emphasis on taking charge of the future through active citizenship and community building, collaborative leadership, a spirit of Ubuntu, and care for the environment.   EDUCO AFRICA CORE VALUES Diversity – means for us To act in our highest integrity and respect, authenticity and from a place of love for all difference and uniqueness. Openness – means for us To accept challenges as opportunities for experience and learning while being non-judgemental toward everyone and all things. Enthusiasm – means for us To live and pass on our work and vision with passion, care and joy. In doing so we strive for excellence. Inter-connectedness – means for us To treat our inner and outer nature with mindfulness and appreciation, to protect it and care for it, acting in an ecologically sustainable and health conscious manner.

Educo Africa Wishlist for a this Month!
Our basecamp kitchen and shower areas are in need of a new coat of enamel paint. If you have any enamel paint in your garage that you would like to donate, please send us an email. We would be grateful for any amount in any colour!    www.educo.org.za contact@educo.org.za Find us on Facebook: Educo Africa
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