After-school programme helps Khayelitsha pupils soar

A local learning academy is helping learners in Khayelitsha excel in high school.

The Emagqabini Education Academy is an after-school programme, based in Khayelitsha, that helps high school pupils improve their school performance.

Co-founder Cindy Mkaza says she established the academy to provide support for children struggling with homework, after seeing her younger sister battle with her school results.

We didn't have any tutoring programmes in the immediate Khayelitsha area when we started a home-work support group for her and her friends.

Cindy Mkaza, co-founder and director at Emagqabini Education Academy

Mkaza started the non-profit organisation with her husband Linda Siboto in 2014.

The progamme targets pupils from grade 8 to 10 and porvides mentors to learners who proceed to grade 11 and 12.

We focus on grade 8 to grade 10, but [learners] don't leave the programme if they are in grade 11 and 12.

Cindy Mkaza, co-founder and director at Emagqabini Education Academy

She explains that her academy helps support pupils who have illiterate parents or caregivers who are not physically present to help with studying.

The Emagqabini Education Academy started with 15 learners and now supports 60 learners.

According to Mkaza, the after-school support has seen individual school grades improve in the range of 5% and 20%.

The organisation has also piloted affordable matric exam revision classes that will launch in Khayelitsha and Soweto, in partnership with private school teachers.

The revision classes will help supplement the free after-school programme that the organisation offers to those who cannot afford to pay.

Visit their Facebook page to learn more.

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