Why is an Afterschool Programme so important?

Oct 7, 2016

When you support Fuel2Grow, you are supporting an enriching afterschool programme that benefits at-risk children in Gugulethu.

But why is an afterschool programme so important?

The Child and Youth Enrichment Programme (CYEP) is based at our Rainbow Centre in Gugulethu and benefits vulnerable schoolchildren aged 6-18, who live in the surrounding community. Equipped with classrooms, a library and computer rooms, the centre serves at-risk youth through a robust, daily afterschool programme.

Afterschool Programme 

South Africa’s youth are disproportionately affected by poverty. 6 out of 10 children live below the poverty line and are vulnerable to school drop-outs, gangs, violence and crime.

An afterschool programme is not just a ‘nice-to-have’. Afterschool programmes are essential in keeping children safe and engaged, during a time when their parents or guardians may not be home yet. For those living in an underprivileged community, the alternative to aftercare often means time spent on the streets – resulting in exposure to drugs, gangs and violence.

An afterschool facility can also be a space for children to develop their passions and excel outside of the classroom environment.
At Ikamva Labantu’s afterschool programme, we take a holistic and child-centric approach to ensure we know the needs of each child that we care for.  From the home environment to the playground, each child has an individual development plan and a dedicated Child and Youth Care Worker to follow and support their progress.

CYEP is divided into four age groups: Entry (7-9), Junior (10-12), Intermediate (13-15) and Senior (16-18). The programme is based on four pillars:

  • Academic Support: From supporting the children with homework to developing their debating skills
  • Sports & Recreation: Exercising the mind and body
  • Health & Wellness: Providing nutritious meals and ensuring their physical & mental well-being
  • Arts & Culture: Encouraging creativity in dance, music and art

To find out more about the Child and Youth Enrichment Programme call 021 637 5440