Students help learners cope

2016-07-14 06:00
Students from tertiary institutions mentoring learners during winter schools, at Dr. Nelson Mandela High School, in Crossroads, last week. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Students from tertiary institutions mentoring learners during winter schools, at Dr. Nelson Mandela High School, in Crossroads, last week. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Ikamva Labantwana Bethu is an organisation run by university students whose aim is to organise winter school programmes to help school learners achieve high pass marks.

In Crossroad, the ILB recently hosted a winter school programme which attracted over 70 learners from Grade 4 to Grade 7. The event was held at Dr. Nelson Mandela High School.

Siviwe Dlukwana, the founder and director of ILB, said the programme helped keep the children away from the streets and also assisted them academically.

“We help them revise term work they have already covered in school and also to ensure that they are prepared to write ANA (Annual National Assessment).

We also have non-academic activities such as storytelling and educational excursions to the South African Jewish Museum. We feel very excited, because we believe that children from Crossroads deserve opportunities. We are here to create those opportunities. We inspire children to go out there and make change in the area and we want to produce leaders who are going to come from this area,” Dlukwana said.

Learners who are part of the programme come from different schools.

ILB was started in 2012 by Dlukwana and other students from the University of Western Cape (UWC) who also come from Crossroads.

They provide homework support, Saturday tutoring sessions, and academic enrichment programmes during the extended school holidays. ILB works with high-potential, committed learners to help them maintain high marks and ensure a more promising future at university and beyond.

The programme also trains university students from other high institutions such as the University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the University of Stellenbosch and Cape Town College to serve as tutors. ILB also serves as a feed to programmes such as the Cape Academy for Maths and Science and Technology, in Claremont, Christel House of South Africa and Centre of Science and Technology (Cosat). Xolile Booysen, 14, a Grade 8 learner from Cape Academy, was full of praises for the programme.

“I enroled after my friends informed me about its benefits. I haven’t looked back since.”

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