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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VALUES IN THE LEAD: EDUCATORS ARE THE PILLARS OF OUR SOCIETY, WHEN RECOGNISED THEY DEVELOP THE TENACITY OF OUR LEARNERS TO COMMIT TO THEIR EDUCATION

Over the years there has been a deep-seated sense of loss in the hearts of society and communities regarding how certain professions, previously viewed as vocations, have lost not only their appeal but their dignity and integrity. I dare say ‘ziya jika izinto’ (things are starting to change) and we at Valued Citizens Initiative are enthralled to be at the front line of that change through our Values in the Lead professional development programme.

This month we honoured, celebrated and rewarded 149 educators and School Management Team members from 25 public primary and high schools that have completed successfully this programme. Teachers are the backbone of our society, they not only teach and mould our children but they help groom and raise our leaders. Leadership is transferrable, and through this programme we assist educators to ignite and reignite their own leadership flames in order to awaken learners they encounter.

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