I am Noxolo Mabona a Gold Award Participant of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment. I have just completed my first year BSc Mathematics at The University of Pretoria and my studies are being sponsored by The Dr Thandi Ndlovu Children’s Foundation (Motheo Construction Company).
For my Community service for Gold, I set up and ran a Mathematics and Physical Science tutoring programme at Ikamva Youth in 2013. I tutored 15 learners over a period of 12 months and 5 of these learners have been accepted at Rhodes University to study in 2015. I also ran a two day session at Nemato Change a life, where I worked with two learners experiencing problems with tertiary mathematics. My community service is changing lives but also shows me where the gaps are for further improvements/additional service for me to do.
What has become very clear in my mind, is that not only is mathematics a huge hurdle for township youth (less advantaged youth) such as myself, but the lack of social cohesion and difficulties faced by such youth when we overcome this specific academic hurdle and make it to tertiary also cause untold difficulties. We don’t fit in and struggle to do so.
During my end of year vac back in my home town of Grahamstown, I intend to put together and run a 2 week Numerical Literacy workshop in January 2015. Included in this workshop, I will be teaching life skills on how to survive at University, as well as Calculus which is a section of first year Mathematics that most learners struggle with.
Asmaa Bellim, from Verney College recently received her Silver Award ....
"I have found that the Award has changed my life as I have become a better person. It has also helped me to find my inner strength and become the person that I am today. During my experience I have met people from diverse backgrounds which has given me an insight of how diverse our country is. I also attended a great Gauteng Youth Committee event recently, and found it to be very inspiring because of the work that the Award has done in helping to encourage the youth to partake in the programme and helping the community.
This made me want to be part of the Gauteng Youth Committee in 2015 to help continue the great work. I hope that I will be just as inspiring as our present Youth Committee and help get more young people involved in the President’s Award to show them that we can achieve anything we put our minds to and that nothing is impossible."
Eastern Cape Gold Award participants from Nemato Change a Life (Port Alfred), DSG (Grahamstown), Collegiate, Grey and Theodre Herzel (Port Elizabeth), completed their Gold Adventurous Journey last week! Well done to them all!
Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth Youth Committees have their final meeting for the year! These meetings consisted of Chairman’s reports, sad good byes to old members and an excited buzz with the welcoming of new committee members for 2015.
Thank you to Kingswood College for hosting the Grahamstown meeting and to Westering High School for hosting the Port Elizabeth meeting.
We look forward to a great 2015 with both Youth Committees!
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