A group of learners from around Khayelitsha who sacrificed their weekends to better their academic performance were honoured on Saturday 23 November. Since the start of the year the group attended extra classes organised by Melela 4 Children, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that mentors and tutors learners from Grade 4 to Grade 6 in English and mathematics. After months of hard work and dedication, the top achievers were acknowledged on Saturday.Events coordinator Mihle Mahahasi said at the moment they are working with learners from Sobambisana and Sakumlandela primary schools.They do not only focus on academics, but also have extra curriculum activities such as chess.Mahahasi said they also help children with various other social challenges since they come from different backgrounds. “We also try and get school shoes for the disadvantaged children who can’t afford to buy school shoes,” she said.Mahahasi said they have had a great response from the principals of the two schools. They also get a lot of support from the community.Each year they have two award ceremonies where they acknowledge exceptional talent, she said. “We decided to have the awards ceremony so we can encourage and motivate the learners,” Mahahasi said.She said they are celebrating the learners’ excellence and are showing appreciation for their hard work.The organisation has up to 22 tutors and 10 assistants and they are all students from different universities in the province. The organisation relies on sponsors to effectively carry out its work.Parent Nosiviwe Nombamba said since her child joined the classes there has been a massive improvement in her school performance, especially in English and maths.Nombamba said she is very happy with the work the organisation is doing.