Radical acts of transformation do not occur spontaneously, meaningful change requires a specific and deliberate act of will. On the 18th of November 2020, 24 beneficiaries sponsored by the Community Conservation Fund Africa graduated in Addo as part of the Siyazenzela course, a bespoke initiative and project of Wilderness Foundation Africa, under the Youth Development Programme.
The Siyazenzela course is divided into four weeks and includes an Imbewu wilderness trail which not only encourages learners to step out of their comfort zone by experiencing the beauty and vast diversity that nature has to offer, but also exposes them to the undeniable healing power of nature.
Learners from the Siyazenzela course underwent an interview process before they were selected to join the course.
Seven learners were selected from our partner, Uviwe Child and Youth Services, and 17 learners were chosen within the Addo community. The eligible beneficiaries underwent classes which evaluated their emotional intelligence and ultimately made them more conscious about their personal development. Classes also focused on professionalism within the work field and experienced senior facilitators shared knowledge to ensure that beneficiaries have a competitive edge when applying for jobs in the workplace.
All 24 beneficiaries successfully completed the course and benefited holistically from this project. Many of our beneficiaries plan on implementing the lessons they have learnt throughout the course to improve not only themselves but make a social transformation within their communities.