Former matric learners from Mamelodi kick off the year on a very celebratory note
Matric learners from Mamelodi can breathe a sigh of relief, following the impressive results that were attained during the 2016 matric year. These learners who form part of the IkamvaYouth Programme put in extra hours after school to ensure that they not only fair well amongst their peers but that their futures were guaranteed in the form of acceptance at their preferred universities. The IkamvaYouth team and its sponsor Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa therefore honored these learners for their great achievements in the form of an intimate celebratory “Matric Day” event at the IkamvaYouth Mamelodi Branch.
The IkamvaYouth programme was created to equip learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and employment opportunities upon completion of their final year at school. Started in 2003, the programme aims to increase the collective skill level of the communities in the provinces in which it has presence, which includes Western Cape, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, North West and Eastern Cape.
The celebratory event which took place yesterday was attended by the matric class of 2016, current matric learners, volunteers, the IkamvaYouth team, parents and CCBSA. Learners were celebrated and also encouraged to assist the current group of matric learners who will be following in their footsteps. The Mamelodi branch performed exceptionally well with a pass rate of 89%, a huge improvement from 2015 which was 45%.
“Education is a very important focus for us as a corporate and we therefore wanted to extend a helping hand to ensure that this vision manifests into reality. Through partnerships such as this, we are able to make a quantifiable and significant impact on the youth and on the future of the country. We are extremely proud of these learners and we encourage them to keep souring. To those who have not made it, it is not the end of the world. You need to keep trying even if it means trying more than once,” says Unathi Mbanya, CSI Specialist at CCBSA.
By helping to empower and support the youth, CCBSA is addressing the needs of the communities in which it operates as well as supporting the important objectives that have been set out by influential programmes such IkamvaYouth.