The Homework Centre has been an important resource for the local community of Ncekwane for the last eight years. The centre has always been a safe space for children to come after school to use the computers and internet for homework, explore and learn new skills. The aim of the centre is to encourage children to broaden their horizons with interests not available in the school context. In 2022, we are offering the following opportunities:
- Homework: children in high school attend the centre to make use of comptuers, internet and printer for homework requirements. During the term, schools also send children to the centre for internet research, during the school day.
- Introductory sessions: Exploratory sessions are offered by facilitators with an interest in a particular field. For example, basic animation and SketchUp (3D design software for 3D modeling) is on offer. Nkosi Sibiya has been teaching himself, and shares the basics with school children practical sessions. Lucky Djedje is a musician and has implemented a music programme held once a week. Children have the opportunity to test out different instruments, learn about music theory, and participate in a choir.
- Maths tutor: In 2022, Mr Zungu, a grade 7 maths teacher from Enqoleni Primary School conducts extra maths lessons.
- Library access: Our small library is open to children to sit and read in a quiet space.
- Central Application Office submissions: This is both an off- and on-site service offered to high school learners. I Learn to Live visits 5-6 schools in the area, equipped with a data router, laptops, and printer, to assist Grade 12 learners with their online application. This includes setting each learner up with a GMAIL account so that they are in control of their application. Learners may also visit the centre to complete this, as well as apply for NSFAS.
During the day, the centre is open to youth in the community to
- Write up CVs
- Search for employment
- Research and type up assignments for studies (UNISA, etc.)