To assist and develop our youth, WISA recently provided WRC and EWSETA’s Career Guides to the head office of the IkamvaYouth Programme in Pretoria, for distribution to their branches nationwide. Each branch has a resource centre (library) where these Career Guides will be kept for learners to use. This photo was taken at the Joza Branch in the Eastern Cape.

IkamvaYouth equips learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and/or employment opportunities once they matriculate. IkamvaYouth aims to increase the collective skill level of the population, to grow the national knowledge base, and to replicate success in more communities. IkamvaYouth is a non-profit organisation (established in 2003) with branches in five provinces in South Africa- Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and the Eastern Cape. Learners enrol at IkamvaYouth when they are in grades 9, 10 and 11 ,however the programme’s success is ultimately determined by the number of grade 12 learners who access tertiary institutions and/or employment-based learning opportunities when they matriculate. Currently fewer than 10% of South African youth access higher education (SAIRR, 2009), of which only a fraction come from township or rural communities. You can read more about IkamvaYouth at http://ikamvayouth.org/, and WISA is proud to be associated with them.