Organisations come together to deliver collaborative education programme in South Africa

05/08/2019 – Over the past twelve months, the Fight for Peace Safer Communities Programme (SCP) team in Cape Town, South Africa has been working to convene a group of local organisations with the aim of providing wide ranging support to young people in Manenberg, a community affected by extremely high rates of violence.

At the end of July, a second cohort of young people successfully graduated from the group’s collaborative three-month Pathways education programme, an initiative in which five partner organisations joined forces to deliver intensive support and skills training to young people who are not in employment or formal education.

Through the collaborative programme, young people received training in self-defence karate, computer skills, entrepreneurship, personal development, job readiness and practical skills such as bakery. They also took part in music based therapeutic activities and received intensive psycho-social support delivered by social workers and trained local facilitators.

Fight for Peace SCP Programme Manager in South Africa, Seth Reynolds said: “The group of young people we are working with have experienced a number of challenges in their lives and have a range of complex needs. No one single organisation can expect to meet all these needs and have the impact necessary for long-term transformation. However, by bringing in organisations with diverse specialisms and expertise, we can offer a more holistic service that can support young people to address a greater range of needs.”

The organisations working together to deliver the Pathways programme included: Project Hope, MusicWorks, ShawCo, Amandla EduFootball and Naspers Labs, while a kenpo karate coach and a baking instructor also formed part of the delivery team.

Fight for Peace’s Safer Communities Programmes use collective impact methodology to bring together multiple service providers and actors to support young people in communities where capacity and access to resources are scarce. The programmes currently operate in Cape Town, South Africa and Kingston, Jamaica.