“Cra­dle to Ca­reer”

A Few Suc­cess Sto­ries

Inner City Gazette - - News -

Kgopi Set­siba (6) - started at­tend­ing the ECD pro­gramme at the age of three. Af­ter los­ing her mother, Kgopi re­ceived the psy­choso­cial sup­port she needed with the help of her teacher, a so­cial worker and her fam­ily, and she has since grown tremen­dously con­fi­dent and has shown growth in her emo­tional devel­op­ment and con­fi­dence.

She is now a bud­ding dancer, cred­ited as be­ings the best in the n our ECD” she proudly said. Lethabo Molefe (9) - is in the CYD pro­gramme at Uthando Cen­tre. When she started at Afrika Tikkun she was so knowl­edge­able and con­fi­dent that she would in­ti­mate her peers. She has de­cided that she would like to be­come ei­ther a nurse or a co-pi­lot.

Lethabo says: “I recog­nise that serv­ing oth­ers is not one of my strong points, but it is some­thing that I would like to learn. I think that ed­u­ca­tion is very im­por­tant and for me to be­come a nurse or pi­lot I will need to study hard and pass well.” Rorisang Mokoena (11) - joined Afrika Tikkun in the ECD pro­gramme. She is now com­plet­ing her grade sixin the CYD pro­gramme. Rorisang is their youngest Peer Ed­u­ca­tor and re­cently re­ceived a CYD award for Best Aca­demic Re­sults. Rorisang is one of the best speak­ers in the pro­gramme and was cho­sen to rep­re­sent Arekopa­neng Cen­tre at Thetha FM to talk about bul­ly­ing in schools. One day, she would like to study Elec­tri­cal En­gi­neer­ing so that she can com­bat the elec­tri­cal issues faced by Or­ange Farm.

Rorisang says; “Be­ing a peer ed­u­ca­tor has groomed me to en­cour­age my peers to speak up about abuse or per­sonal issues - at home and at school.” Tham­sanqa Ncube (16) - started out at Afrika Tikkun in the CYD pro­gramme. He has a knack for IT and a pas­sion for em­pow­er­ing oth­ers. Cod­ing has quickly be­com­ing his need-to-know skill and he is de­ter­mined to­trans­fer his skills to his peers be­cause he be­lieves they have po­ten­tial. A slot was given to him by his fa­cil­i­ta­tor to teach, and to­day he does it with ab­so­lute pas­sion and pride.

Tham­sanqa says: “Although stand­ing in front of my peers some­times scares me; I am de­ter­mined to share my knowl­edge. My dream is to one day have an an­i­ma­tion school where I will teach the next gen­er­a­tion of Africa’s high-tech sto­ry­tellers.”

Them­bani Mayunda (18) - joined Afrika Tikkun in the CYD pro­gramme when he was in grade six and at­tended most of the Cen­tre pro­grammes on of­fer. At first an aver­age stu­dent he now ex­cels in his school work and proudly gets around 80% in Maths and Phys­i­cal sci­ences.

In 2017, he be­came in­ter­ested in cy­cling and has been cho­sen to travel to the USAto par­tic­i­pate in the Safe­lite Triathlon. He has al­ready won a medal for a triathlon he par­tic­i­pated in in Fe­bru­ary. But Them­bani isn’t just a sports­man, he is also an en­tre­pre­neur who in­vented noise can­celling head­phones and cur­rently runs his own busi­ness. He par­tic­i­pated in the Na­tional Young En­trepreneur­ship pro­gram called Step-Up to a Start-Up and took the first place. Them­bani wants to see suc­cess in his busi­ness and one day be­come a civil en­gi­neer.

Them­bani says: “Afrika Tikkun has changed my life and has be­come my sec­ond home. I am very ex­cited about go­ing to the USA. No one in my fam­ily has ever been over­seas.”

Katlego Zasekhaya (19) - joined the CYD pro­gramme in grade three and at­tended ex­tra learn­ing classes through­out. As Katlego could only at­tend English classes on a Satur­day morn­ing she ini­ti­ated a Math learn­ing group and en­cour­aged her group to at­tend so that they could learn from each other. Katlego passed her Ma­tric with a Bach­e­lor ’s De­gree and se­cured a three-year schol­ar­ship from Adam G Foun­da­tion. She is now study­ing Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Univer­sity of Jo­han­nes­burg.

Katlego says: “I want to be suc­cess­ful and make it big in the com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try.

“Be­ing a peer ed­u­ca­tor has groomed me to en­cour­age my peers to speak up about abuse or per­sonal issues -at home and at school

“Them ban i joined Afrika Tikkun in the C YD pro­gramme. At first an aver­age stu­dent he now ex­cel sin his school work and proudly gets around 80% in Maths and Phys­i­cal sci­ences.

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