Funders stories

This is what our proud & empowered youth are saying


Most of Oracle youth assist with COVID-19 duties, they take their work seriously which makes our work easier. They are adding value in office management by doing tasks allocated to them without failure.


“We now have YES youth who can think on their feet and does not need to be reminded of their duties, their filing and organizational skills have improved a lot.“

 Lindiwe Thabete (Deputy Principal) Ekwandeni Primary School

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“Abisai Mbulaheni helps with management, communication, petty cash management, reporting and general administration. He is also involved in stock-taking. He now has improved his time management and is able to complete the tasks at hand.”

Edgar Moola (Principal) Paul Mosaka Primary School

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Some youth are handy in computer classes, helping educators with computer lessons and teaches learners basic computer skills.


“The Waste Recycling Programme is a vital part of the work we do in training Teachers of young children (0-5) to make activities and equipment to help children to develop concepts, skills, and grow. Many community members donate wasted/recycled materials to our school. We also need someone to make examples of what the recycled materials can be used for. It is one of Siphesihles duties to maintain the Waste Room in good order and to regularly provide waste items for distribution to ECD Trainers and ECD Teachers, Siphesihle certainly provides a second pair of hands which we sorely need, and our maintenance man is happy to mentor him through all the various skills as he is eager to learn.”

Collen Osborne (ECD- Head of Department) Midlands Community College


The CSIR Youth are actively involved in the school environment as IT Assistants in computer labs, Math & Science Teaching Assistants, Computer Coding Facilitators & Digital Learning Facilitators across Western Cape, Gauteng, KZN, Mpumalanga, Free State & Limpopo. YES Implementation Partner Q2 Report – June 2020 Page 8 


“Kurt Dreyden plays an active role in the effective running of our computer lab – by supporting the educators and learners” 

Wayne Cupido (Principal) Windmeul Primary School

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The workload is much more manageable since YES youth were placed at the schools. Schools are running efficiently. There are youth who are responsible for procurement and payments of goods assets and stipends, data capturing and filing.  They ensure quality teaching and learning goes on without any interruptions. They maintain good communication with all stakeholders. Typing of letters, correspondence, and minutes for management. Fully competent with the  SASAMS programme - compile daily teacher / learner attendance stats. Some of them assist in running of the tuckshop- stock, order, sales, income, and expenditure. Screening learners at the gate. Updating learner school fees records.


“They make the work a lot easier and they have good ideas in making our schools a better place for children.” Nokuphiwa Mkhabela (Educator) Abambo Primary School

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“Mandisa Nzuza assist grade R since she is studying ECD, she also helps other grade learners with extra schoolwork and also assisting COVID-19 workers in the meantime. Linda Gumede has become more energetic in what he is doing, he is a good listener and can now communicate easily with other people.”

Bizie Magwaza (Principal) Mshwathi Memorial Primary School

Youth add a lot of value to the schools, they are dedicated to their tasks. They are extremely helpful in extramural activities, looks after our sporting field and volunteers to help in school maintenance and cleaning. They help teachers with marking and help learners with schoolwork, during lockdown one of them assisted with school gardening.


“They acquired a lot of knowledge and skills since they started working at the school and we have learnt a few things from them as well. They have become confident and shows more commitment to their work.”

Bizie Magwaza (Principal) Mshwathi Memorial Primary School

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Youth are effective by assisting the functioning of the school in administrative work, assisting in managing the new COVID-19 pandemic performing screening, sanitizing, registers, making copies and all that improves the smooth running of the school.


“They are eager to learn, showing interest in their job and within this short period of time there is a lot that they are doing even on their own.”

Zaza Mfubesi (Principal and Coordinator) Umyezo Wama Apile High School

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Youth support admin staff and educators, preparing all duplicate lesson information and they also help with the learners feeding scheme and the community. Some of them are involved in the safety program, especially the screening of learners.


“They understand the education system and the teaching techniques of learners in a much better way.  Administration work is done very successfully.”

John Leibrandt (Principal) Magnolia Primary School

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