Youth unemployment rates in South Africa are very high, with 10,3 million young people aged 15-34 years not being in employment, education or training in the first quarter of 2020. Therefore more young people must be encouraged to partake in employment and education to reduce these numbers.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic schools in South Africa has needed to become more innovative in terms of teaching and learning in classrooms, as the national lockdown affected the way education was structured.
The Salesian Institute Youth Projects works with marginalized and vulnerable youth to find ways of teaching these learners to be more employable and cope with life in general.
This institute together with the department of Education and the retired Professor Tom Ryan, who is the academic architect of Project-based learning, aim to implement this type of learning to help those who come from a disadvantaged background.
Frieda Pehlivan, the Marketing Communications Manager at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects states that:
“Traditional teaching methodologies does not really work anymore for us, specifically our learners who come from an underserved background,”
She says that Project-based learning serves as a solution by making young people more employable when they leave the schooling environment.
Pehlivan explains that Project-based learning encourages independent thinking, creavity, problem solving and resilience. Students would go through different learning spaces in a 6-hour day for five days a week, in which they engage in projects involving real world problems and challenges. They will then solve this through creative thinking and problem-solving and present this solution in a more artistic way.
“It really touches on all the different facets of normal education and the normal classes they would do like mathematics and languages,”
-Frieda Pehlivan, the Marketing Communications Manager at the Salisian Institute Youth Projects
Students are also provided with a vocational skills training curriculum.
The future of the education system may take on this way of learning to decrease the amount of students who leave schools and struggle to find employment.
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