1.  Access to Higher Education

South Africa has opened up the doors of education to all, but how to reach those doors is still an unknown mystery to the majority of young people. This project seeks to ensure that learners and the youth are aware on how to prepare themselves to access institutions of higher learning. This is done through partnering with different institutions, schools and organisations.

Young people constitute vast proportions of today's world population whether in the developed or least developed countries. Their contribution can only be effective were their talent is natured and brewed to produce the best out of them, the overall goal of this project is to open the doors for them to get this experience regardless of the socioeconomic situation.

To facilitate this, the Foundation coordinates groups of high schools learners and young people to attend Open Days planned by institutions; Encourage and assist students to set up career guidance programmes in their local communities or schools as part of inspiration. During Open Days or special school visits, uSizo also facilitates a short computer literacy workshop to help those who do have experience with a computers and the internet. This is accompanied with information in how to apply for a funding, school and employment. 


2.  Work-Study, Intern/Apprenticeship and Volunteer programme

Studies show that less than 50% of university graduates are able to find work after graduation, stating that students do not have work experience. Others claim that this problem stems from students failing to get real experience while still in school. Since many jobs in today's world are more practical than academic many companies would rather hire an uneducated experienced workers rather than educated but inexperienced graduates. The Foundation has also noticed that, while students might be getting experience, while in school, it is not relevant to their field of study. The programme advocates for job opportunities while in school which are inline with students field of study, in order to gain real life experience prior leaving the institution. As a result the students become more appealing to future employers and more aware of the challenges they will face when opening up and running their own business. Students are also encouraged to do voluntary work with their communities and join local organisations. uSizo also facilitates grant writing workshops for those with an interest in uplifting their local communities and also assists in developing their initiative.

3.  Entrepreneurship Programme

We have found many young people with an entrepreneurship mentality that needs to be sharpened. You find them selling small things like sweets, snacks or pens at school. Others have used these skills to run tuck shops, while others have become great sells personal. The programme wants to encourage and sharpen the skills of young entrepreneurs. uSizo believes that, while others find soccer or debating as an extra curricula activity, others can equip their entrepreneurship skills, while in school.

The Entrepreneurship Programme is primarily aimed at teaching and informing students and young people about the procedures and processes of becoming their own boss; from registering a company (especially co-operative) or non-profit organization, to setting up business plan workshops.  We try and focus on simplifying the often tedious work involved with starting your own business and taking into account the latest changes in with cipro. The programme allows student to take care of their business paper work and engage in small business practices while in school as an extra-curricular activity.

4.  Project Resource Centre

The Foundation offers assistance students who inspire to writing project proposal for their communities or organizations initiatives by with guidance. We facilitate workshop or one on one meeting on project inceptions. We offer a platform for networking, advice and sharing of ideas and experience with inspiring social-entrepreneurs and people who are knowledgeable on how to write project or grant proposals; how to implementing and monitor projects; and how to evaluation projects, via workshops and presentations.

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