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South African Journal of Education

On-line version ISSN 2076-3433

Abstract

WILSON, Lizane; GOUWS, Leanna  and  NIENABER, Alida W. The experiences of alumni adolescents on the contribution of a Youth Opportunities Programme. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.3, pp. 01-13. ISSN 2076-3433.

This article focuses on the experiences of alumni adolescents on the contribution of a Youth Opportunities Programme, a non-profit after-school education programme presented in Namibia. A qualitative descriptive design was used to provide insight into the contribution of this programme. Five focus groups were conducted with 32 participants. The transcribed data were analysed by means of thematic analysis. The rich descriptions of the experiences of alumni adolescents indicated learning, personal and relational experiences as well as challenges. The learning experiences included the transfer of academic knowledge and skills that assisted them to deal with advanced opportunities, and the provision of resources. They were able to socialise with friends and form personal relationships with teachers, serving as emotional support. The challenges they encountered while attending the programme on a full-time basis included high expectations in terms of time management, attendance and behaviour. These challenges proved to be exhausting at times.

Keywords : academic improvement; adolescents; after-school programme; development; extracurricular activities; life skills.

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