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Empowering disadvantaged youth through educational programs

Empowering Disadvantaged Youth through Educational Programs

VeronikaLipkova ‘14

Nisha Bhat ‘14


Internship organization:

IkamvaYouth, a township-based non-profit organization which aims to connect students in the townships to post-graduation employment or higher education opportunities.

Based in Khayelitsha, the largest and fastest growing township in Cape Town

Education in the townships
Education in the townships

  • Poor matric results and low awareness of post-graduation opportunities lead to high percentages of unemployed youth—over 60% in Khayelitsha

  • Many township youth are infected and/or affected by HIV/ AIDS

How does ikamvayouth help
How does IkamvaYouth help?

  • Addresses obstacles to education through:

    • Supplementary tutoring

    • Career guidance

    • Mentoring

    • Computer literacy, computer access

    • Creative workshops

    • AIDS/ HIV awareness workshops and testing

  • More than 70% of Ikamvanites so far have gained access to higher education upon graduation (compared to the 5% township average)

Winter school
Winter School

  • IkamvaYouth’s Winter School: career exploration workshops, tutoring, and HIV/ AIDS education and testing

  • Organization/ Facilitation

    • Traveling to local universities to talk to interested departments for career workshops

    • Contacting Cape Town organizations to run programs

    • Teaching English classes


  • Does Ikamva help learners achieve financial stability?

    • Research eventually will be used to improve funding

  • Collection of data

  • Where are former Ikamvanites now?

    • Studying engineering at the University of Cape Town

    • Employed by the South African Department of Education

    • Employed as social workers in their community


  • What obstacles do educational NGOs in developing nations face?

    • Lack of resources

    • Social problems

    • Lack of cooperation from schools, parents, etc.

  • What role does education play in development?

  • What can we do to help?


  • This internship was designed as a sort of follow-up to a Princeton freshman seminar, “The Hedgehog and the Fox,” taught by Professor George Philander

  • PEI Development Grand Challenges

  • IkamvaYouth

  • Dr. Carl Palmer, UCT