A Philippi, Cape Town, non-governmental organization (NGO) called Ukhanyo is working to provide failed matriculated students a second chance at passing.
The foundation, which was established in 2019 with the primary goal of assisting students who failed their matric year, provides tutoring services in order for unsuccessful applicants to feel empowered and prepared to repeat their tests the following year.
Ukhanyo’s founder and CEO, Sandiswa Gwele, said she saw a need to assist disadvantaged kids who might not have the finances to retake their tests.
“Those who lack a matriculation certificate are more likely to be jobless, have no chance of improving their situation, and fall into a cycle of poverty in their families or communities.
I think that allowing young people to express their goals, passions, and visions is essential to the society’s continuous development “said Gwele.
With 10 students when it first opened its doors in 2019 and currently having room for at least 25 students, the organization is “little but mighty.”
“They do not have access to a high-quality education, do not have enough money to pay for tutoring, and often do not receive support from their own families.
I think we can have the biggest influence there.”
The work Ukhanyo undertakes is special to Gwele.
She had previously failed matric.
“I am aware of the impact that a helping hand and another chance may have.
I think that by sharing my own experience, I may inspire kids.
Failure is not irreversible” stated Gwele.
You can use it as an opportunity to grow and become stronger.
They provide tutoring programs based on students’ school curricula, workshops for personal growth, and life skills instruction.
“We presently have two full-time tutors who specialize in biological sciences, pure mathematics, physics, and mathematics literature.
The free services offered by Ukanyo are especially intended to help matric students in townships because this is the area with the [most] need, “said Gwele.
Like the majority of NGOs, Ukhanyo has difficulties getting funding.
Ukhanyo is financed mostly through partnerships and collaborations and is sponsored by its family business, L&S Shuttle Service, and other people in Gwele’s network.
Gwele claimed that they had experienced significant success in the Western Cape and had just joined with Women in Tech, an organization dedicated to advancing STEM education for women and girls.
The organization’s efforts led to them receiving the Global Best Ally award at the most recent Women in Tech Awards in 2022.
Gwele described Ukhanyo’s major issue as trying to raise money to pay their tutors and recruit more tutors, which they hope to do in order to take on more students for other disciplines.
The benefits outweigh the difficulties, says Gwele
She exhorts parents and students to view their performance not as a failure but as a refocus and an opportunity to achieve better.
“Keep in mind that your grades do not represent your intelligence, and they will not decide your level of success in life.
Spend some time thinking back on the previous year, turn your weaknesses into strengths, and come back even stronger than before.
Gwele advised, “Never give up on your dreams, and keep in mind that there is always a second chance.”
It’s critical to keep in mind that not everyone who took the matric exams will have success during this time.
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