The Rewards of Volunteering! 12 September 2019

By Robyn Shulver | September 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Last week saw the end of the English Literacy Programme reading sessions for the third term. At the beginning of this term, we introduced a new process where volunteers read to one learner for half an hour and then to a second learner for another half an hour. This gives each learner a one-to-one session […]

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By Robyn Shulver | September 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

An annual highlight of the Year Beyond Programme is the Social Innovation Challenge. This year, tutors were grouped in teams outside of their school groups and the topic was: “How to make Maths FUNctional”. The purpose of the Social Innovation Challenge is to provide an opportunity for tutors to showcase what they have learnt on […]

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By Robyn Shulver | September 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

An important part of the Year Beyond Programme for tutors is the facilitation of self-development/reflection sessions. The last coaching session for Term 3 focused on building these skills, specifically for more effective communication. The focus was on providing tutors with a basic overview of how to plan and complete an effective presentation. We worked on […]

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By Robyn Shulver | August 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Brainboosters is the interactive programme designed to equip South African educators with Early Childhood Development skills and to show parents of Grade 1 learners how to stimulate early brain development. The programme has been embraced by educators around the country and has shown significant improvements in the Maths and English of Grade 1 learners. Sophakama […]

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New Reading Group gets going!

By Robyn Shulver | August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our FIFTH group of learners started last week on our English Literacy Programme! Our volunteers are very excited about some new changes that we have made to our programme, particularly that we now see learners one-on-one. This gives us a chance to really understand and cater to an individual learner’s needs, as well as focus […]

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Sophakama welcomes a new Library Assistant!

By Robyn Shulver | August 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sophakama Primary School recently appointed a new Library Assistant, Aviwe Tom. Her role will be to ensure that the library remains a valuable resource for learners. She will be maintaining library hours from 08h00 to 16h00 so that all learners (Grades R–7) are able to attend library classes during school and use the library for […]

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Leadership Development for YEBO Tutors! 24-27 June 2019

By Robyn Shulver | July 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

An awesome opportunity was afforded to our Year Beyond tutors recently, to have a glimpse of ‘student life’. They took part in a week long Leadership Development Programme at Stellenbosch University campus, staying at the Huis Ten Bosch hostel. The week kicked off with a tour of the campus on the first day, so as […]

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A fun start to the holidays! 18-21 June 2019

By Robyn Shulver | July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Our six Year Beyond Programme tutors managed four days of holiday fun at Sophakama during these June holidays. In all, 136 learners participated in various activities including painting, cutting out, drawing and gluing. The weather played along and outdoor activities like soccer, netball and skipping were enjoyed by everyone. Other games included chess, UNO and […]

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Year Beyond Training Week 2 inspires our Yebo Tutors! 10–14 June 2019

By Robyn Shulver | June 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As part of the Year Beyond Programme, our tutors attended their 2nd training week for the year. For this programme, we partner with the Western Cape Government’s Game Changers unit, which provides opportunities for young people to succeed in a 21st century society and economy. Six of these young people (tutors) then commit their afternoons […]

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By Robyn Shulver | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

We need volunteers for our English Literacy Programme at Sophakama Primary School in Dunoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12h15–14h00, every week during the school term. Good proficiency in English and regular attendance is necessary. Training and resources provided. Contact Tracy Farquhar ( or visit  

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