INTRANSIT Workshops: for Cape Town townships youth
Friends of Eyethu Careers Point supports Eyethu* Careers Point (ECP) in its mission to work with the young people of Cape Town’s townships so that they might avoid the unemployment which is endemic in their communities. Its workshops are aimed at overcoming the barriers that prevent them from gaini
Ongoing, as required
Charity information: Friends of Eyethu Careers Point
In 2003 the World Bank reported on the lack of careers guidance and relevant information in South Africa’s Department of Education’s Life Orientation school curriculum, the holistic aims of which had been described by the South African Department of Education in 2002. In 2015 the value of Life Orientation was the subject of discussion on a radio programme, having come under fierce criticism by parents, learners (pupils) and education analysts alike for being a 'cop out' subject and perceived as
ECP seeks to work with those young people so that they might avoid the unemployment that so often leads to the vulnerability to the gang, crime and drugs cultures which beset the township communities. To do so, it confronts these barriers:
• Lack of careers guidance available to their more fortunate peers
• Quality of many teachers who received their training under apartheid
• Limited career guidance as an element of Life Orientation curriculum
• Lack of information and guidance given to parent
To provide options to young people who should be but are not attending school.
Activities» Providing workshops for developing the young person's self-awareness, self-confidence and communications skills.
» Seek an appropriate mentor who will guide the young person and, if wanted by them, negotiate a return to school with relevant school principal
» Find a means of developing skills that will prepare the young person for post-school choices
» Help the young person to develop strategies so that they can avoid the various threats that surround them.
A return to school would be deemed a success, as
would the young person maintaining contact with his/her mentor or guardian and keeping safe, away from gangs, crime and drugs.
Improve the likelihood of unemployed youths to gain employment
Activities» Deliver workshops to improve their self-awareness, self-confidence, written/oral communication, teamwork and self-management skills
» Deliver workshops to improve their knowledge of the Labour Market Information, so that they are aware of what skills are needed
» Prepare them to apply (CVs, application forms and interviews) for employment, training or tertiary education as appropriate,
ECP will seek to keep a database of all its participants and the steps they take after the workshops. They will also seek to develop a relationship with the local Dept of Labour
Prepare those young people who wish to become entrepreneurs so that they can do so successfully
Activities» Deliver workshops to help the young people understand what entrepreneurship means, the skills and responsibilities required.
» Assist them in generating entrepreneurial ideas.
» Provide an exercise to test out what they have learnt and thereby check out their ambition to become their 'own Boss'
ECP will seek to keep a database of all its participants and the steps they take after the workshops. This is facilitated by their status as active members of their communities.
With such large unemployment statistics, it might be difficult to quantify the long-term changes. However, indication of the success of the projects will be the awareness amongst the township communities of ECP’s workshops, so that unemployed youths will be referred to the NPO. Similarly, the readiness of the school principals, already aware of the schools’ ACORN program, to advise their pupils who are intending to drop out, to get into contact with ECP, will be another indicator of success.
One major risk would be the loss, for whatever reason, of one of ECP's facilitators. However, a number of people, already experienced in delivering workshops (albeit on HIV AIDS) have indicated their interest and readiness to train in these websites.
The safety and security of the venture will be reinforced by the fact that the workshops are to be held in township community halls. where security personnel are employed.
A monthly email report on all workshops will be made to the donors by ECP's chairperson and coordinator of Friends of Eyethu Careers Point. An annual report, detailing all steps taken following the workshops by the participants, will also be sent.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,605Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £11,664 Facilitators (3) Holding 36 workshops for township youth £1,460 Expenses Share of annual amount £210 Admin Costs Share of Bank and Audit £1,440 Stationery Workshop material £4,140 Advertisement Local newspapers £1,656 Venue Townships community halls hire £3,816 Catering Lunches £1,219 Contingency 5% emerg
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount FECP £1,000 Guaranteed
The national unemployment rate of youth in South Africa is close to 50%. In the Western Cape it is reported to be as much as 65.4%. Social commentators continually report that nowhere is poverty, disparity, and resultant hopelessness more evident than in the townships. Parents can try protect their children, but cannot prevent them from becoming increasingly aware of the unemployment and poverty that surround them, and more aware of how so many adults turn in their despair to substance abuse.
1. Those will benefit most will be the youths who participate in the workshops. As they begin to take positive steps towards reaching their potential, they will begin to understand the need to avoid the social ills that can undermine their aspirations.
2. As the township communities start to see that the young participants making progress, they will also begin to benefit, recognising that change can happen and that the drug and crime cultures that pervade the townships are not inevitable.
We, Friends of Eyethu Careers Point (FECP), and Eyethu (Xhosa word for ‘our’) Careers Point (ECP), are a unique partnership. One (FECP) has the workshop material and experience of working with all relevant age groups, the other (ECP) has the local knowledge, fluency in local languages as well as the experience of delivering workshops, albeit in the HIV AIDS context. ECP directors also have experience of operating NPOs in South Africa, essential for effective charity management in that country.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Roy who lives in Langa, is a director and founding member of Eyethu Careers Point. A graduate and postgraduate from UCT, he is a Workshop Facilitator
Dumisani lives in Khaylitsha township and also a graduate/postgraduate of UCT. Dumisani has extensive experience of NPOs and workshop delivery.
Sue is a retired Careers Adviser in Scotland. She has much experience of working in schools, with unemployed people of all ages and ex-offenders.