The Isibindi model provides education to the vulnerable
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”.