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In 2015, the „After School Game Changer“ initiative was introduced with the aim of starting and improving after-school activities for young people in order to achieve better educational outcomes and increased opportunities for them.
In 2015, the Western Cape Government introduced the „After School Game Changer“ (ASGC) initiative to improve the uptake and quality of after-school activities for Western Cape learners throughout the school year. In order to achieve improved educational outcomes and increased opportunities for young people, ASGC pursues the following four objectives:
- Create an enabling environment for after-school programmes to flourish (Leadership, Communications, ICT, Nutrition, Safety)
- Improve the quality of the programmes available to learners
- Build the skills of after-school students
- Nurture collaboration and partnerships
Over a span of two years, ASGC achieved the following:
- Mapped all after-school programmes and 300+ partners on a central platform
- Introduced new programmes to attract a greater range of learners, e.g. school scouting, skateboarding, and skipping
- Introduced new programmes to address learning gaps, e.g., numeracy and literacy
- Trained and developed the students’ skills via support manuals, code of conduct, train-the-trainer programmes
- Worked closely with schools to increase central administration buy-in and support
- Improved recruitment for programme coaches and facilitators to reduce vacancies
As a result of ASGC, the number of learners participating regularly (at least twice a week) and consistently (70% of the available time) increased from 19,786 in 2015 to 72,043 in 2017.
Brent Walters, Head of Department – Cultural Affairs and Sport