DCAS After School Programme recognised at Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport’s After School Programme has been recognised for its innovative approach in tackling socio-economic challenges in the Western Cape.
The programme won the Chairman’s Award at the Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards on Sunday 10 November for its work in building capacity in the sector and the Extended Education Practitioners’ Training Programme run in partnership with Stellenbosch University.
Taking place annually, the Impumelelo Awards acknowledges the hard work of individuals and organisations that make it their mission to improve the lives of South Africans.
Other winners at the ceremony included Butterfly Arts Project, which won the change maker in arts and culture award, and Music Works Music for Life, which won the social innovator in arts and culture award.
Wordworks’ Home-School Partnership programme, which targets parents and care-givers, won the Education Change Maker award and Book Dash, which provides affordable reading materials to many of the literacy programmes, won the Disruptor of the Year award.
The work done by the After School Programme recognizes the important role of our hidden educators and is pioneering the development of the new field of study in community education. Investing in our practitioners is key to ensuring quality programmes for every learner, at every school to close the opportunity gap between resourced and under resourced learners.