In 2018, we officially started an educational wing as part of our organisation. The goal is to support the teenagers on their journeys of academic and personal development. In workshops and trainings, we speak about their individual education and career opportunities, two very important topics for young people. Discussing their options, highlighting the process how to access resources and opening doors for young people is essential to unlock their potential, particularly in South Africa where it is particularly challenging to access tertiary education and find employment.
The educational wing consists of individual support, workshops and support with resources the teenagers require to improve their academic performance. The project is open to all teenagers who are participating in the Growth Path.
Computer & Digital workshops
To support the young people with their education and guide them on their path to personal development, we offer regular computer and coding workshops: We have trained 10 youngsters as official “computer facilitators”, who are now teaching younger students how to use a computer and how to write their first lines of codes.
“You are now so professional now that you do not need any help anymore!” This comment from Elke Simon-Keller, an employee of SAP, shows how impressed she was by the 10 teenagers, who offered workshops for younger students as part of the Africa Coding Week.
Since February 2016, we are organising regular computer courses in cooperation with the German School in Pretoria and SAP, where the young people were trained as official “computer facilitators”. They were very excited when they taught younger students for the first time but they cooperated very well as a team. We were proud to watch them explain how a computer works and how to create their own codes. At that moment it seemed incomprehensible that some of them had never used a computer before the project began.
“I think the program should go on, as we also teach younger young people in our environment and they really like it. I would like to expand the program all over Africa so that our children and young people can learn more about it, as it really helps us. “- Reezan (14), ‘Supervisor in Training’ and one of the computer facilitators