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Community Chest and Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport sign historic R11.3 Million Agreement.

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The Year Beyond Programme is a partnership between the Western Cape Government and numerous NGOs and is aimed at improving educational outcomes as well as encouraging a culture of volunteerism. Funds will provide administrative services to one of its key programmes to ensure increased educational outcomes for youth in school and post school.

Year Beyond invests in young professionals through a unique volunteer leadership and development programme, which includes a leadership qualification, an Innovation Challenge as well as weekly self-development sessions.

The programme provides trained Year Beyond Volunteer tutors (aged 18 – 25) as peer educators after normal school hours. The volunteers deliver a blended model of learning, using small group facilitation, technology-assisted educational programming, and experience-based academic clubs to guide their learners through the curriculum. Volunteers are assigned to one school for the year and they work with the same learners every day for the duration of the year. The objective is to roll the programme out to as many schools as will require the programme.

The intensive programme is housed at Stellenbosch University with various NGO partners providing inputs into the training of the post-school volunteers who aim to use the year to gain valuable leadership experience through both training and practical work experience in local schools. The programme aims to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes at schools, inspire a culture of learning, stem school dropouts and improve matric results. It also aims to build bridges between communities and expand the horizons and skills of participants.
In addition to the volunteer work in schools, the young trainees are also required to participate in an exciting Innovation Challenge three times during the year where they are able to innovate aspects of the Education System to improve the learning experience of young people in schools. The programme is run in selected schools with the Mass participation, Opportunity and access, Development and growth (MOD) Programme, adding an academic pillar to the MOD programme.

The core partners are Action Volunteers Africa (AVA), Ikamva Youth, and the Frederick Van Zyl Slabbert Leadership Institute at Stellenbosch University.

Community Chest ensures the effective back-room administration of the programme and ensures that all services are provided to meet the Programme Outcomes.

To learn more about the Year Beyond programme, go to http://www.yearbeyond.org.za/

The volunteers who won the 2nd Round of the Innovation Challenge. Their idea is to transform classrooms into Visual Learning Rooms or VLOOMS.

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