On 7 September 2015, the Uthukela District in KwaZulu-Natal embarked on a youth development programme for 18 to 35 year old unemployed persons, using the Education Centres as the venue for the delivery of MIET AFRICA’s Learn to Earn programme.
Interest in Learn to Earn as a programme for unemployed youth grew during its implementation at Lokothwayo Secondary School, one of the Inclusive Education in Action programme schools in Uthukela.
The Centre Managers of the four centres in the district have teamed up to deliver the first session at the Mimosadale
Education Centre, just south of Estcourt. They started with a group of 24 participants, all of whom have Grade 12 certificates and live in the rural community around the centre.
MIET AFRICA supplied programme materials and trained the Centre Manager facilitators in programme delivery.
This partnership project, which was initiated by Tshikululu Social Investments (TSI) with support from the FNB Foundation, was launched in April. The project targets 19 schools in the Umlazi and Umgungundlovu Districts in KZN. Sarah Ball, from TSI, introduced the project in Umlazi on 10 April and in Umgungundlovu on the 11th.
The implementing partners of the project are Principal’s Management Development Programme (PMDP), the Catholic Institute of Education (CIE) and MIET AFRICA. The interventions at the schools will include capacity development of school management and strengthening schools to address barriers to learning and development. In addition to coordinating activities, MIET AFRICA will train and support teachers, School Governing Bodies and learner structures, with the aim of transforming schools into caring and supportive environments where all children can learn effectively.