Masifunde encourages young people to gather knowledge and experiences and share these with their social environment. As „changemaker“ they support an active civil society and contribute to a positive change in their community.
Our educational programmes
We carry out four types of projects, which give young people access to learning and self-developing: At school, in extra-curricular courses and by informal education.
The academic programmes aim at the challenges of learners in the South African education system. These usually arise of missing resources and a lack of appropriate guidance from both the schools and the parents. This is why Masifunde focus on offering qualitative academic support for individuals and groups. This includes a holistic support, from concrete tutoring and supplying valuable resources and work material up to creating an appropriate learning atmosphere.
The goal of this programme is: Learn for your own life and share your knowledge with others. Learn4Life! teaches topics that are relevant to the daily life setting of the participants. It strengthens their self-confidence and motivates them to achieve excellent academic performances. By sharing their experiences of the group lessons, excursions and workshops with peers and their social environment, the learners contribute to an active civil society. This way 2500 people of the whole region can be reached every year by 250 Learn4Life! participants in Walmer Township.
The academy of creativity
The goal of the academy of creativity is to give access for young people to art, music and theatre. Besides their are teached practical skills to enhance their chances of a better future. Key elements are courses in acting, singing and painting. So the learners of Walmer Township can discover their talents in different levels, inspire peers by performances, concerts and exhibitions and boost their personal self-confidence.
Due to missing familiar support Masifundes educational efforts might easily fail - regardless of their academic potential. So Masifunde integrated the social work in all programmes. It aims on supporting the learners by family problems and strengthens the parent's role by raise awareness of their tasks in the education of their children. The social workers supervise and guide families and organise workshops and group lessons to specific, age relevant topics.
Due to a sustainable approach our projects don't only improve the perspectives of individuals. Rather they rise the general education level of Walmer Township in the long term by teaching ways to its habitants how to work towards a self-determined, positive future.
Children and adolescents are formed to multiplicators who pass the acquired knowledge in their environment. A well-educated youth that knows and fulfills their role model, significantly contributes to an improvement of the general situation of the Township habitants.