A visit from an African community development organisation has shone a spotlight on the innovative nature of Vision AfriKa’s “Get Going” carpentry training programme.
Last month, the African Leadership Institute for Community Transformation (ALICT) visited Stellenbosch’s Kayamandi township as a learning exercise in order to gain an insight into the kind of activities it was getting involved with.
ALICT focuses on training young leaders with the vision to help introduce positive change into their communities and create teams to support them in their work. Its 20 representatives, who came from Uganda, Lesotho and Nepal, were surprised at the Get Going programme as they said they had not seen anything else like it in this context elsewhere.
They felt the scheme was unique in having turned itself into a social enterprise to teach local people skills that would enable them to sell what they had produced themselves, cutting unemployment rates in the process.