The Philippi community of Cape Town encompasses a unique and distinctive landscape, as well as the last remaining agricultural area in the Cape Town city metropolitan area. Due to a fluctuating population, severely high crime, and grinding poverty, learning at school is a major challenge.
We know that what happens outside of school affects a child’s ability to learn more than what happens inside the school. So it is important that the various actors in the community share a common vision for the success of their young people and work together towards that. This way teachers aren’t forced to play so many roles (like social worker, doctor, parent); it can’t all fall to the schools. Therefore, Amandla is facilitating a community stakeholder-driven approach to improving education and opportunity. We have engaged stakeholders across sectors and convened a collective committed to an inside-out approach to supporting an environment both in and outside school that’s conducive to the success of Philippi’s youth. Amandla provides logistical support that includes convening, developing collaborative tools, helping groups communicate actively, and gathering and managing knowledge that helps partners improve their management capacity and the quality of their services.
Resource Access Programme (RAP)
Because being ready to learn requires adequate access to supports like quality healthcare, good nutrition, and personal supports, Amandla facilitates a programme through schools to bring Philippi’s learners the knowledge, access, and empowerment they need to take charge of their educational journey and make use of the resources around them in the community.
For change to be effective and sustainable, it must ultimately be driven by the community. Amandla works with community members to gather data on challenges facing Philippi’s youth and to develop locally-driven programmes to overcome those challenges. (See more…)