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Empowering Disadvantaged Youth through Educational Programs. Veronika Lipkova ‘14 Nisha Bhat ‘14. Background. Internship organization:

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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