TeachOut provides tutoring to disadvantaged learners in Maths, Science, English and Accounting.

Tutoring

A volunteer uses the board to explain a difficult concept

Civic Involvement

Inkanyezi provides mentorship, career guidance and access to information in order to help learner get into tertiary institutions

Civic Involvement

An Inkanyezi volunteer goes through some career packs with a group of learners

Tutoring

TDL organises training and tournaments for a vibrant debating league in Cape Town's townships.

Civic Involvement

TDL learners pose for a photo during a debating tournament weekend

Civic Involvement

Media School fosters learners' creative sides with workshops on written and photo journalism - producing newspapers at the end of each year

Civic Involvement

Media School learners prepare articles

Civic Involvement

Ubunye + UCT Biological Sciences dept Outreach week

May 15th, 2015 by Ubunye | Comments Off

We are proud to announce the Ubunye + UCT department of biological sciences joint outreach week.

We will host the department during the week of May 18-23 2015, and volunteers from the department will join in on our sessions. They will tutor with TeachOut, mentor with Inkanyezi unfortunately no debate coaching is planned for that week. Please do encourage anyone who might be available to join in if they have not signed up yet. See below the timetable for the week. We meet at the Visitors Centre for the weekdays (VRIC – opposite the sports centre on upper campus) and leave to the venues at the times listed per day, transport is provided to the venue and back. And we leave from Lower campus shuttle stop (LOWER) on Saturday morning 9am.

Please arrive 10minutes prior to the times listed so that we can have smooth logistics and all of us are on time =)

We look forward to your participation next week!

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TeachOut weekly
Day School/Centre Session time Subject Grade
Monday Ikhozi Youth Centre Leave 3pm

VRIC

Science, English & Maths Grade 11 – 12
3.30 -4.30pm
ID Mkize Leave 2.30pm

VRIC

Maths Grade 11
3 – 4pm
Tuesday Wola Nani – Bardale High School Leave 2.50pm

VRIC

English & Maths Grade 10 -11
3.15 – 4.15pm
Yabonga Mfuleni (Ivan Toms) Leave 2.50pm

VRIC

English & Maths Mixed
3.30 – 4.30pm
Wednesday Yabonga Phumlani Leave 2.30pm

VRIC

English & Maths Mixed
3 – 4pm
Yabonga Weltevreden Leave 2.30pm

VRIC

English & Maths Mixed
3.15 – 4.15
Beautiful Gate Leave 2.30pm

VRIC

Maths Grade 12
3 – 4pm
Thursday Wola Nani – Sinethemba Leave 3pm

VRIC

Maths & English Grade 10 – 11
3.15pm – 4.15pm
Sophumelela High School Leave 2pm

VRIC

Maths Grade 10
2.50 – 3.50pm
Yabonga Nyanga Leave 3pm

VRIC

English & Maths Mixed
3.30 – 4.30pm
Yabonga Crossroads Leave 3pm

VRIC

English & Maths Mixed
3.30 – 4.30pm
Friday UCT Surf Club Leave 2pm

VRIC

Functional English Mixed (primary school)
Saturday Matthew Goniwe Leave 9am

LOWER

Maths & Functional English Gr 8 – 9
10am – 12pm
Zisukhanyo Leave 9.30am

LOWER

Maths & Science Grade 9 -11
10am – 12pm
Zanokhanyo Children’s Home Leave 9am

LOWER

Functional English Mixed (Gr4 – 12)
10am – 12pm

 

Inkanyezi mentoring
Day School/Centre Session time Subject Grade
 Monday  Various  2pm

VRIC

 Mentoring
Tuesday Various 2pm VRIC Mentoring 9 to 12
 Saturday  Various  9am

LOWER

 Mentoring
9 to 12

Ubunye Statement on Phillipi Protest outside the Western Cape Education Department on 6 March 2015

Apr 8th, 2015 by Ubunye | Comments Off

The Ubunye CC feels mandated by the aims expressed in Section 3 of our Constitution to explicitly communicate our position on the protests outside the Western Cape Education Department on the 6th of March, in which excessive force was used on a group of unarmed learners from Phillipi High. As a development agency, our primary concerns lie with the rights of the learners in our communities to access decent education in safe learning spaces.

Ubunye notes with extreme concern the events of 6 March where stun grenades were used on a group of unarmed Phillipi High School learners. These learners initiated a peaceful march to the Western Cape Education Department to demand that their school be rebuilt with brick and mortar in order to create a safe and productive learning environment.

What is equally, if not more concerning, is the lack of response that this event has garnered, both from mainstream media and the public in general. Noting the statement issued by the Western Cape Education Department on 6 March, we feel that almost a month later, more needs to be done to understand how and why learners, who by all accounts did not pose any immediate threat, were responded to with such excessive force. To allow this story to fade into the background will be to silence the learners of Phillipi High, and thousands of poor, marginalized learners like them, reinforcing that neither their voices nor their bodies matter to the very people and institutions who are tasked with protecting their futures.

As an organization which aims to offer support to the development of conducive learning environments at underdeveloped schools around Cape Town, Ubunye recognizes the significance of providing spaces where learners are able to feel safe and comfortable as they endeavor to achieve academically. The earnest of providing this space, particularly the land upon which to build such schools, cannot realistically be placed on these learners and their parents – this kind of response would never be tolerated in well-resourced schools in Middle and Upper class communities.

Ubunye recognizes the growing number of community members and fellow organisations such as Equal Education, the Rhodes Must Fall Movement and the Collective of Active Teachers & Students (COSAT) who have committed to providing support for Phillipi High learners in their campaign not only for a school building, but to be treated with respect as human beings.

We call on stakeholders from across the city to stand up against the criminalization of our students who deserve to have their basic rights upheld. Excessive force exercised against students mobilizing for the substance and form of their basic, inalienable, right to Education is an injustice that demands our immediate attention and focus. Now is the time to support these students and support the community as they push to take charge of their freedom.

 

Ubunye+Clarinus Outreach Week details

Apr 2nd, 2015 by Ubunye | Comments Off

Hi all, we are excited to launch the Ubunye + Clarinus Outreach week during the week of April 20 – 25 2015. This marks a time in Ubunye history that we are proud of, as Ubunye initially started as an outreach project of UCT student residences.

If you have never heard of Ubunye, never fear, we are a UCT development society and we aim to improve poor performance in underprivileged or under performing high schools around Cape Town. We take a three pronged approach to this, we do academic tutoring of subjects like Maths, English and Physical science through TeachOut, we assist with articulation in english and public speaking through Thethani Debating league and we mentor with aspects such as subject choice and applications to tertiary education through Inkanyezi mentoring.

 

So, getting into some details, there will be transport that leaves at the Visitors centre VRIC on upper campus and will make its way to Clarinus residence to pick up before leaving to the session  for the day. The times for each day and the centre or session venue is listed in the table here. There is no need to stress about anything, as a representative from Ubunye or from Clarinus will be assisting at all times. All you need is the motivation to come through an mentor, tutor, debate coach, inspire or be inspired at our sessions. Also, please try to be at the pick up point at least 10-15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Volunteers who have signed up will be participating with Ubunye volunteers during sessions and there will be a special focus on life sciences, mathematics, english and physical sciences in as part of TeachOut or the tutoring project. If you are into hot topics or debating then join in with Thethani debating league, likely to leave you speechless :) . Or join in at the mentoring project Inkanyezi for inspire or be inspired by the leaders of tomorrow.

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Also check out our projects websites or facebook pages for more info on what each projects do.

 

TeachOut weekly
Day School/Centre Session time Subject Grade
Monday Ikhozi Youth Centre Leave 3pm Science, English & Maths Grade 11 – 12
3.30 -4.30pm
ID Mkize Leave 2.30pm Maths Grade 11
3 – 4pm
Tuesday Wola Nani – Bardale High School Leave 2.50pm English & Maths Grade 10 -11
3.15 – 4.15pm
Yabonga Mfuleni (Ivan Toms) Leave 2.50pm English & Maths Mixed
3.30 – 4.30pm
Wednesday Yabonga Phumlani Leave 2.30pm English & Maths Mixed
3 – 4pm
Yabonga Weltevreden Leave 2.30pm English & Maths Mixed
3.15 – 4.15
Beautiful Gate Leave 2.30pm Maths Grade 12
3 – 4pm
Thursday Wola Nani – Sinethemba Leave 3pm Maths & English Grade 10 – 11
3.15pm – 4.15pm
Sophumelela High School Leave 2pm Maths Grade 10
2.50 – 3.50pm
Yabonga Nyanga Leave 3pm English & Maths Mixed
3.30 – 4.30pm
Yabonga Crossroads Leave 3pm English & Maths Mixed
3.30 – 4.30pm
Friday UCT Surf Club Leave 2pm Functional English Mixed (primary school)
Saturday Matthew Goniwe Leave 9am Maths & Functional English Gr 8 – 9
10am – 12pm
Zisukhanyo Leave 9.30am Maths & Science Grade 9 -11
10am – 12pm
Zanokhanyo Children’s Home Leave 9am Functional English Mixed (Gr4 – 12)
10am – 12pm

 

 

 

 

Thethani Debating League
Day School/Centre Session time Subject Grade
Monday Various 1.50pm VRIC Debating, coaching 8 to 12
Thembilile, Joe Slovo, Sea point
Tuesday Various 1.50pm Debating, Coaching 8 to 12
Mfuleni, Sinethemba, Vuyiseka
Wednesday Various 1.50pm Debating, Coaching 8 to 12
Fezeka, ID Mkhize, Heideveld, Zimasa
Thursday Various 1.50pm Debating, coaching 8 to 12
Cristel house, CAMST, Strandfontein, Zisukhanyo, Sophumelela

 

 

 

 

Inkanyezi mentoring
Day School/Centre Session time Subject Grade
Tuesday Various 2pm VRIC Mentoring 9 to 12
Wednesday Various 2.30pm Mentoring 9 to 12

Ubunye 2015

Mar 10th, 2015 by Ubunye | Comments Off

Welcome to Ubunye 2015!

Ubunye is an inclusive and sustainable platform for youth volunteers to provide high quality services to supplement school education in the greater Cape Town area. We are a socially responsive and active organisation, working collaboratively to create opportunities of growth for all stakeholders.

The main aim of Ubunye has always and will always be supporting its three projects: Inkanyezi, Thethani Debating League and TeachOut. Through the regular meetings of the Coordination Committee, we provide a space for the projects to share ideas and resources, working together to enhance the development of our young people. We have several more specific goals for the year 2015, which aim to increase Ubunye’s reach on campus and beyond and to increase the organisation’s long-term sustainability.

Our first area of focus is raising awareness of Ubunye at UCT. We wish to create more of an active presence on campus and express a meaningful voice on issues relevant to our volunteers, as well as the learners and schools we reach. We are engaging in various campus initiatives, starting with the SRC’s Transformation Month. We have had a representative participate in campus dialogues, such as InkuluFreeHeid’s SONA Debate. Ubunye will also take a leading role in the student-led Social Responsiveness Conference ‘RE-ACT’, which aims to create the space for students to network and critically engage with the way that social responsiveness is executed in our institutions.

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As a more long-term goal, we hope to make important changes in the way that Ubunye operates, contributing to the institutional legacy of the organisation. We will implement systems for centralised documentation, standardised reporting, clear financials, and detail the handover processes, to ensure the sustainability and longevity of Ubunye and its projects.

We started 2015 with a total of 560+ volunteers signing up at the beginning of the year. Each project ran a very successful training day, where volunteers were introduced to project specifics, and operations have since begun.

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Signing up volunteers

Looking at the projects individually, Inkanyezi, having ended on a rough note at the end of last year, brought together a new and enthusiastic committee and has begun to expand to several new schools. TeachOut and TDL continue to operate in about 30 schools combined, with exciting curriculum changes and new debate tournaments on the cards.

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Our handmade Ubunye 2015 banner

Overall, the Ubunye CC is very proud of the work currently being done. We are encouraging student volunteers to mindfully engage with the multitude of community needs around them. We are focusing on the all-rounded development of our learners, with the aim to develop our volunteers and learners into capable leaders who take pride in themselves and their communities.                                                  

TeachOut “Bring-A-Friend” Week

Sep 6th, 2014 by Ubunye | Comments Off

In the week of 21st to 26th April, TeachOut began a fun, innovative initiative that was aimed at bringing the greater public into the action of TeachOut. In the true spirit of 2014 and its many quirks, the agenda was for TeachOut volunteers to bring their friends to one of their sessions where they could participate and they would also take a “selfie” that they would submit to TeachOut either on Facebook or Twitter to stand a chance to win a hamper for their efforts. This proved to be a fun experience for those who took part but also generated excitement around the project aside from the great work it does in the communities around Cape Town. In recognizing that they don’t work in isolation, TeachOut further endeared itself to their volunteers but also allowed more people to feel the spirit of unity and warmth that has become a hallmark of TeachOut.