Exciting new collaboration for the Olico programme

The Olico program is in its 2nd year of implementation at Awarenet and it is still going well. This year we recruited new grade 8 and 9 learners from surrounding high schools and we had many learners sign up at the beginning of the year. As the program began in mid January, we saw a large number of learners attending and we even encountered a space issue and had to outsource the venue. As the program continued, we started to see a drastic decline in attendance from grade 9 learners which saw a decrease from 15 to 5 learners. We had many interventions in place including meetings with relevant teachers and parents as well as changing attendance days to accommodate everyone. This did not help with the decrease in grade 9 learner attendance.

We then decided to approach a fellow NGO Ikamva Youth, which is located just 5 minutes away from Awarenet. iKamva is also in the after-school space with learners from grades 8-12 and was therefore the perfect organisation to collaborate with. A meeting was held between the two organisations and we decided to include 20 of the iKamva grade 9 learners in the Olico program. This saw both organisations benefiting, iKamva learners by being included in the Olico program and Awarenet by gaining both additional grade 9 learners as well as a bigger more convenient venue which has all the necessary resources to hold Olico sessions. We hope to have a long and fruitful relationship with iKamva and collaborate on more projects with them.

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