The Isi­bindi model pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion to the vul­ner­a­ble

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Comment - Busi Kh­eswa, Gaut­eng so­cial de­vel­op­ment depart­ment

SCHOOL may be bor­ing, a killer of creativ­ity or down­right aw­ful for you.

But ed­u­ca­tion is still im­por­tant be­cause it opens the mind and ex­pands it. Hence it will re­main the most pow­er­ful tool that no one can take away from you.

This re­mains ev­i­dent in the faces of those that recog­nise their names in the var­i­ous news­pa­pers as ma­tric re­sults come out. See­ing your name be­ing printed opens up a new dawn in one’s life.

The gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to recog­nise this im­por­tant mile­stone and pre­pares for it well in ad­vance. The Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment, through the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Child Care Work­ers (NACCW), de­vel­oped the Isi­bindi model in 2011.

This model pro­vided the sec­tor with an op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a large work­force of com­mu­nity-based child youth com­mu­nity work­ers (CYCWs) with the aim of pro­vid­ing ser­vices to chil­dren in line with the pro­vi­sion of the Chil­dren’s Act, per­tain­ing to pre­ven­tion, early in­ter­ven­tion and child pro­tec­tion.

The Isi­bindi model was de­vel­oped to meet the need of or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in the com­fort of their com­mu­ni­ties and homes. The CYCWs are re­cruited from the com­mu­ni­ties in which they work and they work closely with com­mu­nity mem­bers in iden­ti­fy­ing ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

The ben­e­fi­cia­ries in­clude or­phans, vul­ner­a­ble youth and chil­dren dis­ad­van­taged due to par­ents be­ing af­fected or in­fected with HIVAids, un­em­ploy­ment, sub­stance abuse and fos­tered chil­dren and youth.

This model as­sists ben­e­fi­cia­ries to ac­cess a num­ber of ser­vice. This in­cludes as­sis­tance with ap­ply­ing for iden­tity doc­u­ments, birth cer­tifi­cates, so­cial grant, re­fer­rals to health ser­vices and so­cial work­ers when and if the needs arise.

The CYCWs de­velop re­la­tion­ships with the ben­e­fi­cia­ries and their fam­i­lies, so as to sup­port and em­power them.

This in­cludes en­sur­ing that these chil­dren and youth at­tend school and other ed­u­ca­tional pro­grammes reg­u­larly, as­sist with home­work su­per­vi­sion, early child­hood de­vel­op­ment and stim­u­la­tion.

The sup­port from this model bears fruit, as is ev­i­dent in this year’s Gaut­eng ma­tric re­sults. For the year 2017, there were 436 ben­e­fi­ciary can­di­dates in Gaut­eng. This num­ber in­creased com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, which was 311, mean­ing more youth ben­e­fit­ted from Isi­bindi to sit for ma­tric ex­am­i­na­tions.

Of this num­ber, 78% passed. Through this project some ben­e­fi­cia­ries are train­ing to be­come CYCWs to help oth­ers and have be­come self-re­liant. This is in­deed an in­di­ca­tion that with the right sup­port, it does not mat­ter who you are and where you are from, you can make it.

As the Gaut­eng pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, we would like to con­grat­u­late those who worked so hard in Grade 12 to suc­ceed as they did.

The gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to sup­port all ci­ti­zens of the prov­ince and en­sure that ed­u­ca­tion re­mains a pri­or­ity for all.

Three vis­ually im­paired pupils from the Jo­han­nes­burg Home for the Blind de­fied the odds and grad­u­ated as qual­i­fied so­cial aux­il­iary work­ers last De­cem­ber.

They are com­pe­tent in all their unit stan­dards – a clear in­di­ca­tion that one can at­tain one’s dreams.

Isi­bindi re­sponds to ev­ery­one’s con­sti­tu­tional right to ed­u­ca­tion and re­alise the vi­sion of the Free­dom Char­ter, which states that “the doors of learn­ing and cul­ture shall be opened”.

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