Eyethu Careers Point has two Workshop Facilitators at the moment, Roy Moatlhodi from Langa and Dumisani Gabula from Khaylisha. Both are graduates and post-graduates of the University of Cape Town and township dwellers. Their chairperson is a graduate of St. Andrews and a post-graduate in Careers Guidance from Edinburgh Napier University.
The first stage, the Feasibility Study, provided ‘ACORN’ to 5 High Schools, 3 in Khaylitsha and to 2 in Langa. The Minister of Education for the Western Cape, Debbie Schafer, told ECP that Careers Guidance and Information was a high priority for her. Following her approval, authorisation was given by the District Directors of the Western Cape Education Department. All of the 5 schools were then visited and the project was welcomed by their principals and the relevant teachers. 12 Grade 8 learners, who they believe to be under-achieving, for whatever reason, are to be invited to participate in the program.
ACORN seeks to provide the young people by developing, firstly, their self-awareness (aptitudes, personalities and abilities) and self-confidence. The exercises then further develop their employability skills: communication, teamwork, decision-making etc. Later workshops help them to consider regional and national Labour Market information.
Each group of ‘ACORN’ learners met with their Facilitator after school for one hour per week (12 sessions). The course lasted for 1 term. and finished with a camp experience in which a day-long Enterprise workshop was delivered and exercises took place to consolidate the learning outcomes gained throughout the course. Entrepreneurship is recognised by many as the major means of dealing with the high unemployment rate.