High School Learner Incentive Programme Launch

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On Friday the 20th January the Hangberg sport field played host to grade 8 and grade 9 learners from Silikamva and Hout Bay High Schools. They were gathered to launch the Leaner Incentive Programme, an initiative introduced by the Hout Bay Partnership in collaboration with the DG Murray Trust and Western Cape Government After School Game Changer.

The Learner Incentive Programme was created as a means to help increase learner retention by encouraging learners to participate in after-school activities. The programme looks to reinforce academic performance and positive social behaviour by creating partnerships across the schools and organisations in Hout Bay to maximize opportunities and address socio-economic challenges faced by some learners. A diverse range of afterschool offerings from arts & culture, sports & recreation, life skills and environmental programmes, and academic support are in place at both schools to ensure every learner can access the additional support or interest activity that suites them.

Custom made “Passports” have been designed so that the learners will track their progress as they earn stamps from their extramural facilitators after every session attended. The more sessions attended, the more stamps earned. At the end of each term the learners will be awarded prizes in different categories, from bronze to gold, based on the number of sessions they have participated in.

On the day of the launch learners were entertained by the Peter Michaels the charismatic MC, who held the learners attention with his magic tricks and participation prizes.

Mr Abraham Oliver, Centre Manager at the False Bay Centre for Entrepreneurship, who grew up in Hangberg himself, gave a short motivational speech to the learners about the importance of believing in themselves and never underestimating their abilities because of their circumstances.

The day also included performances by the talented Harvest Youth Project dancer groups and a high energy Broadway/contemporary routine by Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation.

The day ended with sandwiches, fruit and juice, sponsored in part by Hout Bay Pick n Pay, being handed out to the learners after a long day of learning, dancing, singing, laughing and a lot of sun.

If you are a Hout Bay Business who would be interested in supporting the incentive programme or if you would like to learn further information please contact Ashley Newell at ashley@houtbaypartnership.co.za.