Hard work and dedication paid off for some learners from Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu when they were rewarded with a visit to the big screen on Friday 18 August.This incentive to encourage learner attendance in after-school programmes is being piloted in the Hout Bay area in a partnership between provincial government, schools and Ster-Kinekor.As a reward for their commitment, 127 Grade 8 and 9 learners of Hout Bay and Silikamva high schools visited the Ster-Kinekor cinema in Blue Route Mall. The excursion was organised by the After School Game Changer programme of the provincial government, together with the Hout Bay Partnership, to reward learners who attended after-school programmes consistently throughout the term. Project coordinator Bridget Hannah says their goal is to get 112 000 learners from no-fee and low-fee schools across the province participating in quality after-school programmes by 2019. “Not only do we want to reach that number, we want to ensure their regular attendance by significantly improving the attractiveness and quality of such programmes. In these two schools, Hout Bay Partnership is testing whether offering incentives to high school learners who regularly attend after-school activities will attract more learners and improve their overall attendance,” she says.Siphokazi Somana, public sector account manager of Ster-Kinekor, says they were delighted to come on board. “Part of our strategic vision is to always broaden our audience base and give young people from disadvantaged communities the chance to enjoy our cinema experience. The learners were treated to the full Ster-Kinekor movie experience, where they received a popcorn, soft-drink and sweets on arrival,” she says.Hannah adds that the After School Game Changer initiative is a priority of the provincial government. “Evidence has shown that regular learner attendance of quality comprehensive after-school programmes can improve educational outcomes, reduce drop-out rates and risky behaviour, increase self-confidence, and improve potential for tertiary education and work placement,” she says. V For more information about the After School Game Changer initiative visit www.westerncape.gov.za/after-school-game-changer/.