Bokamoso Edu Centre, a club and society formed by UKZN students, hosted a winter school programme for 2022 matric students as part of its teaching programme aimed at uplifting the skills of learners.

Founder and chairperson Mr Sello Tefelo, who is a postgraduate student in Financial Banking and Investment Management on UKZN’s Westville campus, said the centre was established in 2020 with the vision of ‘bringing educational empowerment to the Further Education and Training (FET) phase of the South African education system through after school programmes to equip matriculates with the skills they need.’ Tefelo is also a member of UKZN’s Student Parliament and an Applied Chemistry graduate.

The winter school programme – the first of its kind for the centre which conducts regular Saturday classes for learners who are tutored on leadership and team building – was held over two weeks at S M Jhavary Primary School in Durban and involved participants from Bechet High School, Dr AD Lazarus Secondary School, Burnwood Secondary School and Overport Secondary School.

The youngsters were selected to take part in the programme which informed them about problem solving skills, social adjustment skills, social skills and self-esteem development. It also assisted learners with subjects such as Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, Home Languages and others.

‘Through the programme they were taught about responsibility and gaining new social skills to increase their self-esteem,’ said Tefelo. ‘The organisation also supports learners in the community by providing school uniforms, career exhibitions, details about university and funding applications, and mental development programmes.’

Commenting on the impact of the initiative, Tefelo said: ‘Learners experience growth in confidence as they accomplish tasks that at first seemed impossible. They also develop decision-making skills which they can implement when necessary.’

The winter school was sponsored by Spar, Sparksport, PPS Investment, UKZN Student Governance and Leadership Development, Jolly Meats and Forever Fresh.

Words: Zama Khoza

Photograph: Supplied