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EDUCO Africa

EDUCO, which is also a well established organization, focuses on life skills development and leadership training for young people from poor communities. EDUCO organizes weeklong outdoor adventure and wilderness exploration programmes, which have had a strong impact on youth development and HIV/Aids prevention. EDUCO's programmes could be positioned as part of the linkage of recreation and education and life skills development.


EDUCO HIV/Aids Programme

Mthunzi Funa, EDUCO HIV Programme Coordinator
  Mthunzi Funa,
EDUCO HIV Programme Coordinator
Mthunzi Funa is a man driven by a passionate dream - to make a difference in the lives of South Africans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and to help halt the deathly erosion by the pandemic into the lives of poor communities. Mthunzi is the founder and coordinator of Educo Africa's HIV/AIDS Wilderness Therapy Programme for young people at risk. He is a graduate of Stellenbosch University, with over 10 years training and expertise in outdoor experiential education [erlebnispaedagogik] and wilderness-based rites of passage [uebergangsritual] for at-risk youth. Mthunzi is a man with a huge heart and a huge vision, and this shows clearly in what is being achieved with young people through the HIV/AIDS Wilderness Programme.

Mthunzi has been with EDUCO AFRICA from its beginning in 1994, and has helped nurture its growth to its current size (24 fulltime staff of all ages and backgrounds) and scope (programmes for unemployed youth, orphans, child care workers, farm-school teachers and learners, emerging leaders, juvenile offenders, gang members, and more). EDUCO's programmes focus on healing, empowerment, training and development, as South Africa seeks to build itself after the damages of Apartheid on the majority of its people.

EDUCO's HIV/AIDS Programme mostly uses the great outdoors as its classroom. The natural environment is so suited to the deep introspection needed for personal development and healing. Young people orphaned by and living with HIV/AIDS as well as their caregivers are given the opportunity of reflecting on, facing and transforming the negative experiences they encounter as victims of the disease, and the heavy stigma it carries in their communities and families. Every aspect of the wilderness experience, life skills interventions and the outdoor adventure activities of the programme serve as particularly powerful tools for action learning, and people's lives are literally transformed into positive and contributive action.

During their wilderness week, HIV-positive and AIDS-affected young people address the psychological and physical impact of the disease, and find new strength and energy to live life to the full. Many of them go on to become peer educators and role models in their communities.

EDUCO HIV/Aids Programme
   
EDUCO's HIV/AIDS Programme mostly uses the great outdoors as its classroom. The natural environment is so suited to the deep introspection needed for personal development and healing. Young people orphaned by and living with HIV/AIDS as well as their caregivers are given the opportunity of reflecting on, facing and transforming the negative experiences they encounter as victims of the disease, and the heavy stigma it carries in their communities and families. Every aspect of the wilderness experience, life skills interventions and the outdoor adventure activities of the programme serve as particularly powerful tools for action learning, and people's lives are literally transformed into positive and contributive action.

EDUCO HIV/Aids Programme
   
During their wilderness week, HIV-positive and AIDS-affected young people address the psychological and physical impact of the disease, and find new strength and energy to live life to the full. Many of them go on to become peer educators and role models in their communities.

Similarly, wilderness experiences for Caregivers of HIV-infected and affected young people and their families provide time and space to de-stress, re-charge and develop supportive networks so that they can continue offering the vital service they do.


Leadership and Personal Development

EDUCO AFRICA has a rich history of profound transformative impact on young people's lives. Some of its programmes and partners include

Skills training and learning through community service: EDUCO's 18-month Youth Service Programme to help matriculated but unemployed youth develop themselves and their communities, and secure employment in so doing.

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Emerging Leaders: development of school-going youth selected to receive the Desmond Tutu Emerging Leaders Awards; development of post-school youth enrolled at the highly innovative Tsiba Education College for 4-year business administration degrees.

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Life skills, environment, and outdoor adventure: introducing township youth to the rich but previously inaccessible natural environment that is their heritage, to the joy of the outdoors and the personal challenges of sport and adventure.

EDUCO makes an ideal partner for ASSET in terms of sustainability of impact in guiding young people towards personal empowerment and leadership training all the way from achieving Matric to enrolling in university or finding employment.
Combining the support capabilities of ASSET and EDUCO, the following approach for maximum impact has been developed for the consideration of our funding partners.


Nala - Partners for Entrepreneurship

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