The Basic Education Employment Initiative has invited the youth of South Africa to apply for the opportunity between the 27th of September and the 3rd of October 2021.Advertisement
The Basic Education Employment Initiative invites youth between the ages of 18 and 35 who are not in education or training, not receiving any form of government grant, as well as young people living with disabilities.
Through the presidential employment stimulus, the department seeks to provide youth with employment and training opportunities in the education sector within five months.
BEEI is part of the presidential youth employment initiative which seeks to decrease the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DBE described the initiative as a good learning experience that these young people can be proud to put on their CVs.
Thobeka Magcai, the BEEI Project Coordinator, states that there have been benefits of having education and general school assistance to the schools.
General assistants have helped with providing psychosocial support to the youth, which has helped them identify learners that are at risk for dropping out of school and ensured that the DBE can intervene before it is too late.
The education assistants also help maintain discipline in the classroom and assist students with understanding the course work.
According to Magcai, many lessons have been learnt from the first phase of the initiative.
“We were given a specific time frame to implement the initiative in Phase one and we had to adhere to the time frames and were reporting to treasury and the presidency on a weekly and bi-weekly basis,” stated Magcai.
The initiative experienced some challenges in Phase one, which they have sorted out. These improvements included introducing the data management system
The data management system is being offered to the department at no cost by one of their partners and this will assist as a payment solution so they can track and monitor the payment of stipends.
Magcai stated that the system will allow them to intervene and unblock some of the challenges that they experienced in Phase one.
“We are looking forward to Phase two because we believe that we have put a lot of measures in place you know to address and iron out some of the challenges that we might have experienced in Phase one,” stated the BEEI Project Coordinator.