Afterschool success stories

Learners Interviews

Londiwe Mbokazi 

Grade 7

Why are you inspired to attend the  PYMA Afterschool Programme?

I am truly inspired to attend the PYMA Afterschool Programme for several reasons.  The Programme helps a lot of children with their HomeWorks and tutorials. The programme also assists children with reading and writing as well as helping learners to get a better understanding of their schoolwork.

Describe your journey with PYMA thus far.

I joined the Afterschool Programme in 2019 when I was in Grade 4. I am now in Grade 7. I remember when I joined, my marked had dropped drastically. The journey with PYMA has been exciting because my marks have improved. I also now understand the work shared by tutors and teachers and how to read.

Which awards have you received thus far?

I received an Award in English at PYMA in 2019.Through my hard work, I look forward to receiving many awards . I would also like to encourage more children to join the Afterschool programme so that they can improve in their marks, get more achievement awards and receive more support related to schoolwork.

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Uzuzumusa Mbele

Grade 11

What do you think about the role of PYMA in the community?

PYMA has been playing a huge role in supporting young people and students in our community. The academy has also played a huge role in ensuring that children and youth are kept off from the streets through various programmes hence moving us away from being affected by socio-economic issues that include drugs and crime. PYMA has also enabled learners from different schools to come together  in a safe and fun environment.

How has been your experience with PYMA thus far and how has the latter helped you to achieve your academic goals?

My journey with PYMA has been a long and yet an exciting and fruitful one.. I have had many ups and downs and challenges in my schoolwork but however, the Programme Team has always been very supportive to me.  Some of my challenges have been trying to strike a balance between PYMA, school and my social life. Ever since I started at PYMA, I have seen an improvement in my academic work and also my ethic has been greatly enhancing on how I approach life.

What are your plans when you complete Grade 12?

I have many plans when I finish grade 12. I would  like to further my studies in Information Technology. I also see myself pursuing courses in programming and software development  for businesses in South Africa and  abroad as soon as I complete my Tertiary Studies.

Londiwe Mbokazi 

Grade 7

Why are you inspired to attend the  PYMA Afterschool Programme?

I am truly inspired to attend the PYMA Afterschool Programme for several reasons.  The Programme helps a lot of children with their HomeWorks and tutorials. The programme also assists children with reading and writing as well as helping learners to get a better understanding of their schoolwork.

Describe your journey with PYMA thus far.

I joined the Afterschool Programme in 2019 when I was in Grade 4. I am now in Grade 7. I remember when I joined, my marked had dropped drastically. The journey with PYMA has been exciting because my marks have improved. I also now understand the work shared by tutors and teachers and how to read.

Which awards have you received thus far?

I received an Award in English at PYMA in 2019.Through my hard work, I look forward to receiving many awards . I would also like to encourage more children to join the Afterschool programme so that they can improve in their marks, get more achievement awards and receive more support related to schoolwork.

Uzuzumusa Mbele

Grade 11

What do you think about the role of PYMA in the community?

PYMA has been playing a huge role in supporting young people and students in our community. The academy has also played a huge role in ensuring that children and youth are kept off from the streets through various programmes hence moving us away from being affected by socio-economic issues that include drugs and crime. PYMA has also enabled learners from different schools to come together  in a safe and fun environment.

How has been your experience with PYMA thus far and how has the latter helped you to achieve your academic goals?

My journey with PYMA has been a long and yet an exciting and fruitful one.. I have had many ups and downs and challenges in my schoolwork but however, the Programme Team has always been very supportive to me.  Some of my challenges have been trying to strike a balance between PYMA, school and my social life. Ever since I started at PYMA, I have seen an improvement in my academic work and also my ethic has been greatly enhancing on how I approach life.

What are your plans when you complete Grade 12?

I have many plans when I finish grade 12. I would  like to further my studies in Information Technology. I also see myself pursuing courses in programming and software development  for businesses in South Africa and  abroad as soon as I complete my Tertiary Studies.

Learners Spotlight

From Silver Oaks Secondary School to the University of Witwatersrand

I am Nhlonhlori Ndhlovu and I joined Phakamani Young Minds Academy (PYMA) in 2020 while I was in grade 11, that was when we were exposed to the pandemic, and it was a challenge for me to fully participate in all the PYMA program activities.

In the very same year, I was paired with my mentor, Nerissa Steven Kings. It was not an easy year due to Covid 19 and we all know Grade 12 basically starts in grade 11, as a result it was not an easy journey although with Nerissa’s support I made it through. She would send motivational quotes to encourage me, teach me how important time management is and motivate me as much as she can. She also helped me with choosing my career path and figuring out if there are job opportunities in that field in future. The PYMA programme has had a positive impact in my life, being at PYMA has taught me whole lot about self-reliance but also considering the people around you, it has proven to me that I am more than capable to achieve my dreams, from the staff members to the tutors, everyone has been friendly and helpful. PYMA has been eternally helpful to the class of 2021, I never imagined anyone contributing financially towards my university application fees. What I will remember the most about PYMA is their peer-to-peer learning style, I got to interact with learners from various schools and this indicated that I was not facing the world alone nor walking this journey by myself. There were plenty of Nhlonhlori’s where I came from and PYMA was sort of our savior.

 

I got a Bachelor’s pass with 3 distinctions in my matric. I am proud of myself although in some subjects i did not achieve as much as I thought I would. This has brought a huge difference in my life as I am the first person in my family to get a bachelor’s degree and to be enrolled at a University.I am enrolled for BCom Accounting at the University of Witwatersrand. The reason I choose this course is because I realized how much I enjoyed commerce especially Accounting and I love working with numbers. Personally, I do believe in afterschool programmes although others have the mentality that it is only for learners who are not performing well at school.

This is what I would tell a grade 8-year-old Nhlonhlori “failing a term is not the end of your journey, be persistent and consistent, you will make it come hell or high water.” And to my 20-year-old Nhlonhlori adhere to 2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 8-9, As I will always be conflicted in many ways, but I am not struck down by the situation I will be facing at that moment. Just be persistent girl because you are going to make it.