After school activities worthwhile

2019-05-28 06:00
Amoyo Preforming Arts Foundation performers on stage.

Amoyo Preforming Arts Foundation performers on stage.

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Silikamva and Hout Bay High Schools are embracing the After School Game Changer activities and they are benefitting immensely from the programmes.

Teachers at Silikamva provide the activities, creating a culture of expanded education.

They are supported by the provincial department of cultural affairs and sport and a number of non-profit organisations (NPOs) offering 30 different sport, culture, academic and skills programmes.

It is mandatory for all the learners to attend two programmes a week.

Silikamva school principal Dianne Morgan, believes that a school is only complete when it is educating and nurturing the whole child.

“There have been so many opportunities created for our young people through their exposure to programmes.

“It brings hope and an opportunity or way out and that is what education is about.”

Silikamva learner Kamva Thipha, who is a member of the Kronendal Music Academy jazz band, was provided with an opportunity to visit Scotland last year to perform at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival.

“Music is who I am, when I am out there performing, it’s like I am nothing else. No one in my family has ever gone overseas before,” says Thipha.

Hout Bay learner Renecia Dama, a dancer at the Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation, believes that since joining the programme she has been able to put her past behind her and is soaring with confidence.

The Amoyo programme has served as a safe haven for Dama and she has developed a close bond with her instructors and fellow dancers.

“My relationship with them is very close, they are like my family.

“I can trust other people now, I can trust that they will be there for me when I need them and they give me hope.

“They give me peace. Performing at the Cape Town Carnival was amazing, performing with my new family for the first time.”

She has also recently started earning a salary as a part-time dance instructor for Amoyo.

The programme aims to improve learner outcomes, reduce school dropout rates and prevent high-risk behaviour through the regular and consistent attendance of learners at quality after school programmes.

Since 2014 there has been more than a four-fold increase in learners participating in the programmes – from 14 900 learners benefitting from programmes in 2014 to 81 100 learners participating regularly in 2018/2019.

There has also been a 187% increase in schools registered with the After School Game Changer programmes (118 in 2014 to 571 in 2018).

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