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Ikamva Youth making a difference to help struggling pupils

Ikamva is an education initiative which provides tutoring classes for learners in townships.

FILE: Books. Picture: Freeimages.

CAPE TOWN - Ikamva Youth is making a difference in the lives of Khayelitsha learners with at least 60 percent of pupils on the programme getting access to tertiary education.

Ikamva is an education initiative which provides tutoring classes for learners in townships.

Pupils in Khayelitsha are among hundreds in the country who benefit from the programme.

Two years ago Asanda Gqamane, a matric pupil at Harry Gwala Secondary in Khayelitsha, did not show much interest in his studies and was struggling.

His sister on the other hand, who was involved in the Ikamva Youth programme, was flourishing.

"Sometimes I realised that I needed to do something about my future, then I joined the group and so far it has helped me. I saw how she was performing and I said I want to be like her."

Harry Gwala School matric learner Yonelisa Joseph said Ikamva has been helpful to his growth.

"I've been struggling with both Accounting and Mathematics since grade 10, especially with Accounting but I'm starting to see the light."

The programme encourages those who can to volunteer their time to tutor at one of its branches.