Cape Flats Youth Development Programme
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, Nelson Mandela. No words can better explain the importance of education in today’s world. Education is a fundamental human right and is vital for both personal and societal growth. Education plays a pivotal role in laying down a strong role foundation for both personal and socio-economic development of the nation.
Our government has invested heavily for education to reach the poorest of poor, and in this regard, in South Africa, the right to a basic education is entrenched in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,1996 and is regarded as one of the most crucial constitutional rights, particularly because it promotes economic and social well-being.
Despite several programmes and social schemes, the problem of lack of education is persistent amongst the marginalized communities. Various surveys reveal that only half of the children living in informal settlements are registered in school. The school dropout ratio is significantly higher in informal settlements and this has subsequently increased. According to Research children who struggle academically is most at risk of dropping out of school. Studies conducted in informal settlements of various marginalized communities point towards some common factors that hinder the ability of children in informal settlements to attend schools. Some of the factors are:
- Large family size.
- Poor parental education background
- Unstable occupation of parents
- Language problems
- Organizational Profile
Cape Flats Youth Development Programmes was established on 29th January 2017 as a registered Non-Profit Organization and holds a good standing certificate with the South African Revenue Services. CFYDP operates in the Vrygrond/Capricorn area. The main aim of its establishment is to build resilient communities. Since our inception, we have proudly served more than 2000 community members. We operate a non-profit multipurpose facility governed by an active 4-member board of directors. The project will be implemented by the management team of the Cape Flats Youth Development Programmes. The project coordinator holds an Honours degree in community development and a BSW Degree in Social Work. Our Chief Executive Officer Ester Uys, holds a diploma in business management as well as a BSW Degree in Social Work. Ester Uys’ role will be, but not limited to creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the organization. Ester has thirteen years’ experience working with marginalized Communities. Our Treasurer, (Mr Bradley Williams) will be responsible for issuing of authorized payments and Mr. Glen Knipe will act as our Chairperson
Our vision is to mainstreaming marginalised people towards development and progress through skill development and empowerment.
- To create self-reliant communities.
- Slum development
- Woman empowerment