Dear Educo Africa Supporter,
February has the Disas in full bloom in the rivers, a treat for our many TSiBA Education Wilderness course participants exploring their own inner potential and beauty. With the season in full steam we had 24 students going on a Personal Development and Leadership courses in the Groot Winterhoek, their stories rich and full of hope, as they start their TSiBA journey. “I learnt the importance of working in a team and achieving it together”, wrote one of the participants on reflection after the courses.
A group of UCT Masters Students also attended a Personal Development adventure day up on the Echo Valley trail above Kalk Bay. The day was about relation to self, nature and others in the Natural Systems post graduate course they are studying.
Back in the city, this weekend past was the registration day for voting in our upcoming elections. We hope you all registered! Educo Africa’s Making Local Government Work Programme participants Anele Wondo and Xolisa Wright facilitated a day of all content that was covered since the programme started, and presented to new participants that joined the programme.
The programme aims at helping youth to get registered and know their rights in the elections. One of our participants, Ricardo Sedres, who started the course with us in September 2015, after realising his potential and connecting with his emergent potential (on a commitment abseil on our wilderness course), has now registered to stand as a candidate for Hanover Park. We congratulate and celebrate you Ricardo!
Youth unemployment in South Africa is still increasing, and especially in our communities whereby you find young people still looking for work experience or some sort of skills development. Over the past year Educo Africa has been in partnership with the Department of Social Development. There was a strong call for 20 young people to be upskilled in social enterprise. As a result, we have called for business plans from aspirant young people from Khayelitsha and Mfuleni. They will be put through the final phase of the programme where their businesses will be registered and also receive a small amount of start-up capital.
The Sihambela Phambili Programme celebrates its 5th year of having a Youth Leadership Team. This programme is where young people “Live their Potential” in the community. These young people brainstorm, plan and deliver various interventions, from hiking up Table Mountain to having dialogues around social injustices, to even starting projects that bring about social change in their community. Stay posted to what will happen in 2016!
Educo Africa welcomes Marilee van der Merwe from Atlantis, Abigail Grootboom from Wesbank, Babalwa Ngxamani, Thembelani Mfengwana from Grabouw and Wendy Pikelela from Mfuleni, with the support of the previous leadership team members who will be their mentors; Faith Tererai-Ngam, Oscar Cimelani, Olwethu Ovela, Anga Maki, Dumisa Thethiwe and Masakhane Matushe.