Today a good friend of mine, Cindy Mkaza, gave a guest lecture to the Strategic Thinking class. Cindy founded an organisation called Emagqabini which aims to help high school learners in Khayelitsha to succeed. They describe themselves as follows:

Cindy’s concern about her sister’s academic performance was driving force behind the establishment of the academy. When her mother told her that her sister had done badly in yet another term; Cindy remembered that as a child growing up in Khayelitsha no-one in her family could assist her with her school work as well – because of their own illiteracy. Cindy also realized that the academic struggle was not unique to her sister but a reality to many young South Africans, especially from under-resourced communities. As a result, the drop-out rate of high school learners in South Africa was 46% in 2016.  This means that many young people did not reach matric and this, leaves them vulnerable to various social-ills.

Thus, to try and assist her sister and to make sure that the generation of her younger brother and the other kids in the neighbourhood benefit, with her husband, Cindy started Emagqabini as a homework support programme.

The homework support programme used to take place in people’s living rooms in Khayelitsha. Each home hosted a tutor in a particular subject and the learners would rotate. Once the learner number grew we then moved to the nearby library. This year (2018) our learner number has tripled, we are currently supporting 100 learners in grade 8 – 12.

Thank you to Cindy for coming through, we loved hearing from you!

Image was taken during the lecture today

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