The Emagqabini Education Academy is an after-school programme, based in Khayelitsha, that helps high school pupils improve their school performance.
Co-founder Cindy Mkaza established the academy to provide support for children struggling with homework, after seeing her younger sister battle with her school results. She also realised 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.
Our 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 60 learners in grade 8 – 12.
The basic education pillar aims to give learners resources and space to improve their Math, Science & English capabilities. This is done through tutoring sessions and extra Math and English lessons.
The life skills pillar focuses on bridging and giving the learners access to a richer cultural and social experience through opportunities to participate in extra-mural clubs. There are currently three clubs that the learners can participate in; the Culture Club; Yacht Club and Entrepreneurship Club.
Learner inspiration is designed to encourage a love for and culture of learning. We do this through bringing in positive-role models from in and around Khayelitsha to share their life journey and how they navigated the challenging circumstances that they were faced with. Learners are also introduced to professionals in the career capacity that they wish to pursue – this is done through organizing job-shadowing opportunities and partnering learners with mentors.
Community involvement in education aims to provide parents/guardians with basic tools to be able to support their children’s learning and development at home. This is done through hosting quarterly parent circles. The parents circle takes the form of a series of interactive sharing sessions where parents share with each other tools to support the learners at home.