Since 2014, the Phakamani Young Minds Academy has been dedicated to growth and impact, it started only with a group of twelve (12) learner’s coming for dance lessons and the idea of Phakamani Young Academy evolved and extended after a great achievement of the first class obtaining an excellent pass of 100% for learners within the Primary School of the basic education.
Phakamni continued climbing the steep path of development and growth. We saw 80%+ increase in learner numbers compared to 2014. We have worked through asking tough questions to allow us to present our programme impact. We continued to grow around the community of Freedom Park reaching out to an overall of 176 learners in 2014-2017.
From previous years we had learners achieving 65% average and those who were lacking have gradually improved. This is clear to us that that from these results our tutoring programme has great projection to contribute towards a good pass rate for the country and we make every effort to ensure continuity of the programme in the future.
We are pleased to report on the progress made in implementing our High School Tutoring Programme during June 2017. We have received a formal training on Monitoring and Evaluation from the Ikamva Youth through the community collaboration programme. They were able to provide us with an M&E tools and we announce that ninety-three (93%) of the seventy-seven registered learners attended more than seventy-five (75%) of the scheduled classes. We also managed to achieve an average tutor ratio of five (1:5).
Recruitment of both tutors and learners went very well throughout the year and building on effective communication with all stakeholders. We received a very good response from tutors with regards to the running of the programme and activities held during the year.
Our office staff attitude towards the programme has helped to keep proper data records and they have been on the right track to documenting and reporting on our programmes impact and success stories.
This year we have had some defining staff and board member’s changes for Phakamani Young Minds Academy and it was particularly sad to bid farewell to Mr Neo Nkosi during September 2017 having served the organisation for almost 8 months. We were however able to attract new and exciting talents from our tutors. We congratulate Mr Mothusimang Massive who took over the programmes coordinator position from September 2017.
We also had performance evaluations for our previous board members and concluded on the innovative appointment of board members equipped with skills to revenue the organisation on another level.
We believe they all will bring diverse skills and expertise that will certainly make Phakamani Young Minds Academy a restored organisation.
Since my 4 years’ existence within the organisation I wish to express my appreciation to the parents, tutors, community, partner schools and organisations remained committed to uplifting the Phakamani Young Minds Academy. Our staffs uphold high standards of programme delivery even being under pressure, with limited resources and very difficult circumstances. Thank you to our appointed board members for volunteering their time and providing guidance to the organisation.