iVALUE growing entrepreneurs – from character to experience

During April 2015, 19 grade 11 learners from Kwena Molapo High School near Lanseria addressed a panel of four judges, using their newly acquired knowledge of business management and entrepreneurship delivered their feasible business ideas. Over recent months, in groups, they brainstormed their ideas and presented them to the panel with the hopes of being selected to receive start-up capital for their business plans. This was a Strate initiative. Two groups were selected as viable candidates –Matrix Play and iHealth. Matrix Play is an internet service provider to learners at their school, while iHealth aims to accelerate living a healthy life style for schoolchildren and educators.

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Sondela, Having a voice as a Valued Citizen, making accountability a priority!

Sondela enabled 166 learners from 5 high schools: Randfontein, Westonaria, TM Lehlake, Olivenhoutbosch and Forte High Schools. We engaged as citizens in the community on two dialogue sessions, followed by a creative session where the values and moral belief systems were transferred onto canvases in the production of 25 visual artworks.

The theme addressed: In a state of economic turmoil, as citizens are we going to carry on blaming the “other” – government, foreigners, load shedding, poverty and one another – or are we going to take responsibility in creating a platform to treat self and others with dignity and honour what we can do together as citizens?

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A Youth inspired to Lead their Lives!

It is undeniable that today major challenges affecting the youth include teenage pregnancy, abuse of substances, peer-pressure, and high vulnerability linked to poverty. Crying out to be heard, for support, and connection with positive role-models, our youth has found a platform through the iNSPIRE Programme.

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Own your life story and share it with our Youth!

Last Year, Pepe Marais, Chief Creative Officer at Joe Public, addressed our Grade 10 learners from Kwena Molapo involved in our iVALUE entrepreneurship programme thanks to Strate.

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Bridging for Life – A Youth walking the path to their dream career!

The Bridging for Life programme, endorsed by the Department of Higher Education and Training and piloted by Alcatel-Lucent, prepares learners for higher education and training with the teaching of essential life skills.

The results of the Class 2014 are: at Ikatisong Secondary School in Lethlabile township in North West and at Ponelopele Secondary School in Ivory Park, our Bridging for Life learners obtained a combined 96,2% pass rate! Well over the national pass rate of 75.8%! And 43% of our learners have qualified to enrol for a Bachelor of Arts, 47.3% have qualified for Diplomas and 1 in every 5 students who followed this two-year programme has obtained at least one distinction.

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STEP ON YOUR FEARS AND VALUE YOURSELF TO LEAD

From the 29th of March 2014 until the 2nd of April 2014, Valued Citizens Initiative led its iNSPIRE Camp, a self-development journey with eighty Grade 9 girl learners from eight public high schools from Parys and Kroonstad, thanks to NLTDF. Day one, was filled with shy personalities that were scared to get to know one another, Jessica Khenyane from Randpark Secondary School said, "It almost feels like Grade 1 all over again, I could decide to shy away or shine within".

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FROM AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHARACTER TO BECOMING AN ENTREPRENEUR

On the 11th of April 2014, Valued Citizens Initiative, together with Strate, launched its iValue Entrepreneurship programme at Kwena Molapo Secondary School, for 20 Grade 10 learners pre-selected for their entrepreneurship character.

"I am taking home the quality of being open-minded. I believe an open-mind will allow me to listen to my customers’ needs, look at various perspectives to try what works and what does not work and develop a sustainable business", said Hlengiwe Sithole.

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I AM A VALUED CITIZEN IN THE MAKING

At Skeen Primary School in Alexandra, we witnessed the values of a new generation Grade 5 to Grade 6 learners taking part in our iCHANGE, Stand Against Crime programme.

This programme focuses on making learners conscious of the power of decision making to free themselves from the fear of "bullies", peer pressure and people infringing the rule of law.

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Take pride in influencing a life positively

“When personal and professional hardships collide, we become emotionally and sometimes psychologically drained then iSiqalo becomes a life vest,” said a victim empowerment counsellor.

iSiqalo is a professional development programme for social workers and victim empowerment counsellors that equips them with techniques to build self-esteem, trust and resilience in their clients, mainly children and families.

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Our servant leaders, our lighthouse

Pride and joy was the order of the day at the Ferndale Recreational Centre in Randburg on the 14th of March 2014. "There is little recognition given to the pillars of the nation and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to say thank you", said Ntoshane Mohlamonyane, a motivational speaker at the Certification Ceremony.

Valued Citizens Initiative said thank you to 179 Social workers, Auxiliary workers, Care workers, Victim Empowerment Counselors and 20 Educators for their participation in the Values in Schools and iSIQALO programmes.

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