Media, Image and Expression
Media, image and expression allows learners to engage in new activities that broaden their horizons and that have an impact on their personal development. IkamvaYouth have offered drama, dance, poetry, art, music, yoga, photography, reading and many more workshops and clubs.
At SPW or Branchcom ask the learners to suggest some ideas for what clubs they would like. It is often most effective to outsource these programmes unless you have the specific skills within your staff or volunteer team. There are hundreds of other organisations and individuals who will run workshops and programmes for free or at very low cost.
Health and Life Skills
Below are some ideas that have been delivered by IkamvaYouth. As with MIE it is best to outsource the provision of these services if possible.
Sexual Health Workshops
This is an essential aspect of adolescent health. Learners must know why and how to take control of their sexual health and the services that are available to them to do so. Sexual health does not just include HIV/AIDs. There are various aspects including other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), establishing healthy relationships, exploring sexuality, understanding teenage pregnancy.
There are likely to be local organisations and programmes that you can link up with in your area. In the past IkamvaYouth have partnered with Lovelife and Desmond Tutu Foundation.
Man Club & Ladies Club
These clubs provide a safe space for young people to engage in dialogue around some of the issues that affect them. They have mostly taken the shape of a casual gathering of learners on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis (largely dependent on your/the volunteer facilitator’s availability) and contain unstructured conversations around particular topic areas/issues, which could be held in a larger group sitting in a circle.
The first steps of any such club are establishing trust between the facilitator and the group and amongst the group themselves. This can be done with trust building exercises, co-creating ground rules, and having open/honest conversations from the very beginning. It is then important to determine the participant’s expectations of the club.
Study Skills Workshops
Tutoring fosters study skills by encouraging young people to read, ask questions, look for information, take notes, and look at a problem from different angles. However, there are other basic study skills that your learners will benefit from knowing.
Some of the core study skills learners need to master are:
- Effective note-taking
- Making revision notes
- Drawing, diagrams, and illustrations
- Essay planning
- Time management
There are a few organisations who offer workshops, however IkamvaYouth would be interested to finding out about more. If you know of any service providers who deliver such programmes/workshops etc. please share. You can also read about these programmes and other programme ideas here.
Being computer literate has become a necessity. The reality of the 21st century is that without computer literacy it is unlikely that someone will be able to access the labour market.
The first step towards providing computer literacy classes is, of course, locating a facility or accessing IT equipment. There are several methods of doing this which are summarised below:
- Find an existing facility; find out if any other organisations, libraries, schools, or colleges have a computer facility that could be used
- Fundraise for your own facility; look out for fundraising opportunities. Check NGO Pulse and Funds For NGOs regularly for grants that focus on ICTs. You can also approach large ICT companies.
- Partner with organisations who have a similar vision and co-fundraise; Organisations that IkamvaYouth have partnered with in the past include Olico, Fundza, Siyavula, Edunova, Numeric, RLabs, and media departments at universities.
There are some technological considerations you will have to think about:
- What operating system do you want to use – Ubuntu, Microsoft?
- What form of internet connection do you want – Wi-Fi vs cable?
- What do you need to consider in order to ensure that your hardware can support the programmes you want to run – processing speed, GB/RAM etc?
also read about these programmes and other programme ideas here.
There are numerous options for the activities that you want in your winter school.
- Drama workshops; these can explore issues that are pertinent in the communities in which you work, or be fun imaginative activities, or use a specific script (which can help improve English)
- Debating competitions; encourage English and can explore topical issues
- Study and revision skills; note taking, skim-reading, revision cards, look-cover-write-check, summarising – you can make these workshops interactive and fun by making activities into games/competitions
- Science Practicals and access to science labs at neighbouring schools/mobile labs/universities/colleges
- Practical activities to deepen understanding i.e. model making, role playing, project-based learning activities, robotics – talk to universities and other organisations that focus on these activities
- Career guidance talks and 1:1 sessions
- Motivational speakers
- Nutrition and keeping healthy during exams
If you feel that your programme is going well but you need some organisational advice, please explore the organisational development module below.
As your programme develops you will find that there is a need to strengthen your organisational backbone. These are some essential lessons that IkamvaYouth has learnt over its 12 years that will help you to increase your organisational efficiency in areas such as; governance, financial management, fundraising, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and administration.