After a careful selection process, Vision AfriKa has now chosen the 40 Grade 8 learners who will join its educational development programme for this year.
The students were picked from among 70 applicants based on how effectively they answered the questions posed to them as well as their overall confidence levels.
Twenty of the selected learners go to Kayamandi High School and a further 19 to Makupula High School, which is also in Kayamandi. The policy was to choose a roughly equal numbers of girls and boys from each establishment. One student was also taken from Luckhoff High School in the Idas Valley due to the outstanding nature of her performance and her high self-confidence levels.
The selection process, which was very swift, started on 13 January when Vision AfriKa’s facilitators went to ask head teachers’ permission to talk to learners about the programme. The following day, the facilitators returned and went into the Grade 8 classrooms to talk to students, asking them to come to a short presentation the next day.
Some 120 attended and were given an overview of the Vision AfriKa programme and its benefits. They were told that application forms had to be submitted by end of play on 19 January so that interviews could took place on 20 and 21 January. Selections were made with a few days.