After School. In Home. In Community.

CHILDREN LEARN

Children learn in school, after school, in home and in community.

WCED@HomeLearning is a community based initiative strengthening support for learners from non-fee paying primary schools through addressing learning losses and supporting at-risk learners from dropping out and working with drop outs to return to school.

HOW?

Our mission is to build an ‘educational ecosystem‘ that supports schools in their efforts to keep learners in school and engaged in their learning. Global experience confirms that a child’s education requires the involvement of all stakeholders and that includes more than what we can offer at school. This community-based approach uses play for these young learners as a primary method to make learning fun.

We invest in unemployed youth (called YeBoneers) by training them to provide support to the education ecosystem and develop their own work skills. After the 10 month programme the majority of these YeBoneers go on to either further education or have found meaningful work opportunities through the programme.

This primarily Western Cape government funded program is a partnership between WCED, DCAS, DEDAT, NGO Hope Through Action (Lead), Community Chest, Val de Vie Foundation and 14 local NGO partners.

The programme has evolved over the last two years to now focus on three primary components. Download Programme for details

  • Support for Referred learners. These 4612 Grade 1-7 learners are referred by their school for issues including disengagement at school, lack of home support and behavioural challenges in and out of school.
  • Edufun activations. These community based activities include learners and primary care givers from schools in their catchment areas. We target to complete approximately 185,000 learner interactions by the end of 2023 school year.
  • Parents and PCG (Primary Care Giver) workshops. These workshops take place in the community – halls, churches and even under trees – engaging the caregivers in all aspects of lifeskills on interacting with their children as positive role models in their education.

Importantly we also constantly monitor and evaluate by tracking the programme’s progress. We administer a twice annual survey with all 70 schools on the program’s
impact and learners’ academic performance.

Our ultimate goal is to build a culture of education in the community.

OUR 4 PRIMARY COMPONENTS

HOMEWORK
SUPPORT

PYSCHO-SOCIAL
SUPPORT

EDUFUN
ACTIVITIES

HOME VISITS,
CAREGIVER WORKSHOPS
& COMMUNITY ACTIVATIONS

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PROGRAMME
SCOPE 2023

5 WCED Districts
70 Partner Schools
492 @Home YeBoneers

5 WCED Districts
70 Partner Schools
492 @Home YeBoneers

2022 IMPACT

27 086

LEARNERS
REACHED

4 198

CAREGIVERS
REACHED

18 361

HOME
VISITS

306

YEBONEERS
TRAINED

OUR PARTNERS

@HomeLearning is a Western Cape Education Department led partnership between Western Cape
Government, YearBeyond , Hope through Action, Val de Vie Foundation and numerous NGOs.

Innovation Award

Our marquee programme led by the Western Cape Education Department won First Runner Up for the Replication and Adaptation of an Innovation Solution category in 2021.

This formed part of the National Public Service Awards and was the only project to be shortlisted in the public education sector.