Bridging for Life

Bridging for Life is a two year leadership programme tailored for Grade 11 and 12 learners with the objective of channelling our youth towards a successful enrolment in the higher education and training sector leading towards employability.

So far the programme has proved its efficacy as since 2010 more than 70% of our Valued Citizens youth have transitioned to further their education within one year after passing Matric. Furthermore, 65% of our youth in tertiary institutions complete their degrees. Today our first alumni are qualified pharmacists, educators, accountants, engineers, social workers and doctors.

As an extra curriculum programme, Bridging for Life imparts important life skills, ranging from emotional intelligence, effective communication, self-leadership and management, career development, citizenship education. This further develops learners’ self-confidence that will enable them to stand firm as valued citizens who are goal driven. Bridging for Life programme consists of participatory, transformative workshops and experiential learning focusing on:
  • Communication skills and emotional intelligence;
  • Self-discipline and leadership skills;
  • Problem solving and decision making skills;
  • Personal and career development planning;
  • Courage and self-confidence
  • Budgeting.
From its inception in 2010, Bridging for Life is proving its credentials as an effective programme that is contributing towards increasing the number of learners’ qualifying for tertiary education in order to be active participant in our economy.
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On October 13th 2017, Tata Africa Holdings and Valued Citizens Initiative awarded 87 Grade 12 learners after they completed Bridging for Life, a two year leadership programme.

Selected because of their willpower to change their lives after writing a letter of motivation, 100 learners were taken through a journey of self-discovery. They learned to understand their DNA relating to their values, their strengths and weaknesses, and how better to manage their emotions and stand for what they believe in. They then learned soft skills such as self-management, self-leadership, communication, and emotional intelligence (EQ) through experiential learning. Read more...

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