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Afrika Tikkun NPC

Afrika Tikkun NPC


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Lisa-Anne Julien
Tel: 011 325 5914
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Afrika Tikkun NPC

Afrika Tikkun NPC's vision is an end to child poverty and youth unemployment. The organisation achieves this through its Cradle to Career model. This is a holistic approach that begins in early childhood and ends with productive adults accessing the economy. Through the model, Afrika Tikkun focuses on education, nutrition, health, social welfare, personal development and skills development that will nourish a young life into a self-confident, capable adult.

Afrika Tikkun's Cradle to Career model comprises of a number of programmes designed to address the needs of young people 0-35 years:

ECD Programme
The programme provides children aged 0-6 years with an opportunity to develop in the areas of numeracy and literacy, motor skills development and early life skills development through play and creative activities. Approximately 85% of Afrika Tikkun’s ECD children are school ready by the time they graduate from the programme. The ECD programme also contains interventions for at-risk children. These include screening for fee-exemption, provision of monthly food parcels, home visits to provide social support and referrals of at-risk children such as those experiencing neglect, abuse and malnourishment.

Child and Youth Development Programme

The programme addresses five key issues facing young people in South Africa. It does this through a range of structured activities, that are aligned with the following pillars – (1) Inspired Learning; (2) Care for Yourself; (3) Grow your Future; (4) Empowerment; and (5) Innovation. Activities in each pillar are reinforced through events like Maths Olympiad, Spelling BEE, Talent Day, Career Day and leadership camps.

Youth Accelerator Programme

The programme offers career guidance as candidates develop the basic skills needed to enter the world of work. It creates a space for interrogation and development of character, as well as a positive sense of self. Candidates develop personal and public confidence and appreciation for active citizenry and community involvement.

Career Development Programme

The programme equips school leavers with the foundational hard and soft skills they need for a successful career. The programme also has a work readiness training component that helps young people prepare for work experience placements or entrepreneurial opportunities.

360 Social Support Programme

The programme provides on-going psychosocial support to all registered young people and their families. This includes daily centre meals and food parcels as well as primary health care services and growth monitoring for all registered young people. Programme staff assist eligible clients to access social grants and acquire civic documentation such as IDs or birth certificates. This programme also works with children living with disabilities and their families.

Key outcomes

The ECD programme produces children who are ready and excited for primary school. In July 2021, a total of 410 Grade Rs completed the School Readiness Assessment and 328 were found to be school ready.

The Child and Youth Development programme has consistently achieved a Matric pass rate above 90% from 2017. This has been consistently above the national pass rate. Learners who participated in the programme achieved 7 distinctions in Mathematics, 17 in Life Science and 3 in Physical Science. Among the 2020 cohort, 53 young people are currently enrolled in University and TVET Colleges.

Afrika Tikkun’s analysis of the Career Development Programme in September 2021 found that a total of 1469 young people had completed training, with 1396 having been placed in work opportunities. A total of 47 received bursaries. These young people are being exposed to the world of work and academia and are gaining important skills that will position them for a dynamic, digital and global future.

Last updated:

23 November 2021