Vision AfriKa held a braai for its alumni at the end of April in order to maintain and strengthen mutual ties past, present and future.
The group of 26 Visionaries had taken part in the educational development NGO’s programme between 2010 and 2014, but it was the first time that they had attended a networking event of this type.
A key aim was to encourage the alumni to take an active role in helping current Vision AfriKa learners fulfil their potential by tutoring them and assisting them in their homework, particularly in areas where they struggle.
The idea was that, because the Visionaries have already taken part in the programme, they could share their experiences and how they affected their lives, thereby acting as positive role models.
But another just as important goal of the evening, which was organised by new Visionary coordinator Thandeka Mbokodi, was to make it clear that the alumni are still an important part of Vision AfriKa and can still rely on its help going forward if required.
For example, financial support is available to help Visionaries register with higher educational establishments if they would like to improve their academics results.
If they have been unable to find employment, the organisation can also point them in the direction of possible internships, apprenticeships or even paid work in some instances. There is even a scheme to help them get a driver’s licence.
The objective now is to hold a Visionary social event each term in order keep abreast of what everyone is up to in a bid to continue the mission of helping them achieve their dreams.
A key future dream of Vision AfriKa, meanwhile, is to set up a new skills development programme aimed at supporting those alumni who did not get good enough grades to enrol at a tertiary educational establishment after finishing school.