The impact of HIV/AIDS combined with the high levels of unemployment and breakdown in family life have left the youth in a particular vulnerable position. This can be seen as the ‘third wave’ of disaster following caring for the dying and caring for child orphans. Young people get no child support; they have to leave the safety and structure of the school system and join the ranks of unemployment. Many young people feel alienated and forgotten by society and turns to gangs, drugs, crime and sex to escape from the hardship of life. This perpetuated the cycle of HIV/AIDS and dysfunctional families. Tateni’s response to these needs is through the Youth Development Programme. This programme aims at equipping young people for adulthood and to “break free” from those forces keeping them locked into poverty.
Extra Classes for Learners
Tateni offers three Saturday classes a month to more than 200 grade ten and eleven students three high schools. Classes run from 08:00 – 14:00 and a meal is provided at 11:00.(Unfortunately, the number of learners had to be cut from 260 to 200 because of a lack of resources, and quality maths, science and accounting teachers.) Learners are not only taught an academic curriculum, but also life skills dealing with topics such as safe sex, respect, morals and values, peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse and coping skills. Role models and motivational speakers are invited to encourage and motivate learners to focus on school work; For two weeks during the winter holidays we zoom in on maths and science. Learners are given revision from the beginning of the year to help them pass their exams at the end of the year. The other objective of holiday classes is to occupy their time and stimulate learning, so as to prevent children from otherwise wandering around and becoming easy prey for drug lords and other criminals.
Some of the immediate needs for which contributions and sponsorships are required include:
- Teachers and tutors for maths, physical science and accounting
- Catering for 240 learners for two Saturdays a month, as well as 10 days in the June school holidays
- Overhead projectors
- Mentors and coaches
- Motivational speakers
Tateni wishes to acknowledge the generous sponsorship of Unisa’s College of Education for the Saturday classes as well as the school holiday camps. We also thank the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) who pledged additional finances and resources to include more learners during the June school holidays.
3 Programmes of 2016
Jumpstart Catalyx program
We successfully hosted several Life skills workshops through Jumpstart Catalyx in 2016. The aim is to recruit, train, asses and place Tateni Beneficiaries and other affected unemployed youth in various stores in Tshwane Metropolitan (Pretoria).
After completing the five days workshops the delegates are sent to various stores around Pretoria for about six days. It is a challenge because most can’t afford the transport money. We need to assist them with transport money when they go for evaluation at prospective employers like Mr Price and Spar Supermarkets. Some of the participants are now employed or studying full-time.
The enke: Catalyst Program
From October 2016 until the end of May 2017 our beneficiaries are attending a workshop in cooperation with the enke organization.
The enke: Catalyst Program is a 6-month program for youth currently not enrolled in education, employment or training (ages 18-25) that provides training and practical experience in personal development, social impact and guided coaching for professional development to increase the likelihood of conversion to employment, enterprise, education or training.
Interview with a participant
Refilwe about the Enke and the Jumpstart program:
“I’m Refilwe […] from Mamelodi West. I went to Jumpstart in Mamelodi Lusaka. Basically, what it’s all about is that they train you for the jobs at Mr. Price. What I really liked about it is that you meet new people, you interact with them […] and they also teach you about things in life generally and how to solve conflicts at work, what kind of challenges you will face at work and how to deal with them. You go there for five days, they train you and after that you write a test and after writing a test, if you pass It, you go straight to the interview [at Mr. Price].
After the interview they send you to a store for six days. When you get there they train you for five days everything you need to know about the job. […] After the training on the sixth day you […] write a test. And after writing the test, if you pass It, […] you have to wait for them to call you if there is a post somewhere and after that you get a job.
[…] It really helped me, cause from last year the whole year I’ve been looking for a job but then I wasn’t successful. After going to [the] Jumpstart […] training I only waited two weeks and after two weeks I got a job. So it was really nice!
And then I got to be in the enke programme. […] Basically it’s all about grooming you into becoming a better person and equipping you with the necessary resources to help yourself to improve your life. If you didn’t finish school, they can help you in terms of going back to school or starting your own business. So currently I’m still busy with my project to help my community and also to generate money for myself basically.
“You Only Live Once” (YOLO) program
Through international support, the Department of Social development has launched a youth development programme called “You Only Live Once” (YOLO).
This programme is funded by MottMac (Mott Construction Company and McDonalds) in the USA. It is a Youth Social and Behavioural Change Communication Programme aimed at building resilience among young people, increase their autonomy, self-esteem and self-efficacy. The Programme is designed for young people from the age of 15 to 24 years. The purpose of this Programme is to empower these girls and boys to resist all temptations that are associated with falling pregnant or taking drugs at this early stage of life. We recruited 125 learners from four high schools in Mamelodi to participate in the Programme. The Programme consisting of 12 sessions was successfully completed within a week. As this was a pilot, we hope to be appointed to run this Programme during the second phase which will run for 18 months.
Interview with participants of the YOLO program
“What I can say is that we like to thank Tateni for providing us with the nice program of YOLO learning about HIV and teenage pregnancy those kind of things that are affecting our community [..] and Africa in large. Teenage pregnancy is high at school substance abuse. So YOLO got to learn about those things and how to overcome them. So we would like to thank Tateni for giving us such an opportunity to learn. And we are very thankful”
“And we are also invited [to the Chritmas party] and want to say thanks for that as we are here to perform something for this kids” – “that we learned from YOLO” – “[…] so that we can teach them about HIV […]”
“And we are very interested, […] we like to inspire people to join this group.”
On the first of December we had a Christmas party for all our young beneficiaries, 289 children from our Drop-In-Centres as well as the youth from the YOLO program. Every year this is one of the highlights for the kids. In the morning the buses fetched them from all over Mamelodi and brought them to the Moretele Park, a big park in Mamelodi. After the beneficiaries arrived they took over the jumping castles which they really enjoyed. Afterwards the real program began. The children rendered some activities that they had prepared over the last weeks. Some performed a dance, others a drama, song or speech. There were very different presentations. Pure Entertainment as well as very serious Dramas about challenges in their community. As the Christmas party took place on the World Aids day some of the dramas dealt with the issue of HIV prevention and HIV testing. So the day also rose special awareness of the children about aids. After the activities the kids got many different kinds of foot. For example, ice-cream, chicken, cake, not forgetting big party packs. Afterwards the kids where tired but very happy and the buses brought them back home safely. Thanks to City […]