It's so good to see our three learners hard at work, two of them proudly sporting their new work clothes in (Khanya) green and grey.
Reports are that they are applying themselves and working hard to acquire skills for life. Of course, there are hiccups but the direction of travel is good.
Working up a curriculum
One of the things we asked our partner, The Grahamstown Project, to do was to work with our training provider, Rowan Engelbrecht to develop a curriculum. There was nothing off-the-peg that we could use or adapt. So working from textbooks, and with input from people who know about such things, we have developed a bespoke curriculum.
We will know at the end of the project in July how viable, modest or ambitious this programme is, and, of course, we hope to have got it just right.
Helping young people to gain skills involves more than the teaching, it means having the right recruitment procedures in place, monitoring both trainees and trainees, ensuring health and safety, mentoring and supporting in a variety of ways. Above all training has to mean teaching something relevant and useful, and we hope our work to date will enable this. It also means that in future projects we can work on curricula in other trades more effectively.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.