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Ithemba means ‘hope’ and was piloted in 2014 as a means to address the challenges tabled below. It however evolved to include a number of additional elements that holistically address the resilience of family units so that we can have children growing up with hope and equipped to decide and work towards self-sustaining adulthood.
The core of the model is to support children socially so that classrooms can focus on academics. CAP child and youth care workers are present on school sites (VRT Pitt Primary, Bontebok Primary and Swellendam Senior Secondary School) to which at risk students are referred by teachers or come individually. For a child to be supported socially it is essential to also work with their families. We do the above through a range of activities summarised in the visual.
Children progressing from farm schools into our town schools are at much higher risk of dropping out due to the vast difference in their social frameworks (drugs vs dolls). We address this by doing life skills at 8 farm schools with Grade 6 & 7 students on a bi-weekly basis.
From the piloting phases we have identified the following outcomes that excites us: