IkamvaYouth wins the Mail & Guardian and Southern African Trust’s ‘2010 Drivers of Change’ Award in the Civil Society category. This highly prestigious award recognises outstanding new ways of working to overcome poverty.
You can read more about the awards (and an article with IkamvaYouth’s co-founder Joy Olivier) in today’s Mail & Guardian (29 Oct).
The Driver of Change Award identifies individuals and organisations from business, government, and civil society sectors that are making a real and lasting difference to overcome poverty by doing things differently from before. In awarding IkamvaYouth first place in the civil society category, the judges commended IkamvaYouth for setting a good example for younger learners to become agents of change for their own success. IkamvaYouth leverages on the power of peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, and volunteerism and cross sector partnerships to transform South Africa’s educational landscape. The Drivers of Change judges praised IkamvaYouth’s achievement in breaking cycles of poverty through education and for helping pupils to take responsibility for their own education and future.
The Drivers of Change Award follows on from IkamvaYouth’s previous recognition as a Top 30 Development Gateway organisation, as winner of the 2006 Global Junior Challenge Award and as a finalist in last year’s Ashoka Changemakers ‘Champions of Quality Education in Africa Award’. And this is but the beginning.