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Progression partners with NPO Siyakwazi in community development initiative

November 20 2017 By Progression

October marked Social Development Month. This year it is commemorated under the theme, “Working Together to Build Caring and Sustainable Communities for All”.

In celebration of Social Development Month, Progression invites organisations to give back to the community through our exciting new project.

Progression has partnered with Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Special Education Needs (SEN) Facilitator, Siyakwazi, in an innovative new skills development project. The partnership is driven by both organisations’ values around empowerment, inclusion and accessibility for all.

The Siyakwazi project

Siyakwazi focuses on giving support to children within rural communities of the Ugu district, no matter what their disability, learning problem or circumstances may be, to help unlock their full potential and overcome any barriers preventing success. The organisation employs volunteers, reffered to as Siyasizas, from the communities to deliver various services. The role of the Siyasiza, which translates to “we support”, in these homes and schools is to work closely with children who have various disabilities (both cognitive and physical).

In a class of sometimes as many as 80 children, often these children get ‘left behind’. Each Siyasiza uses their own ‘bag’ of support which involves various activities that promote learning and growth to promote inclusion within the classroom; allowing all children to participate.

The project aims to equip and empower these volunteers of Siyakwazi through a combination of Business Administration and Early Childhood Development Learnerships.

The programme allows for 15 students per quarter and runs for four years.

 “Progression is committed to life-long learning and inclusion for all, and is working with Siyakwazi to empower communities towards building and supporting effective Early Childhood Development programmes. Together with the help of corporates, we are hoping to effect sustainable change within rural communities, ensuring a brighter tomorrow for future generations.

The Sewing and Woodwork hub

This secondary project also aims to upskill local residents.

The business will commence as a HUB where the learners will be taught and mentored in the various elements of Sewing and Woodworking as well as Business Ownership and Management, their services will be outsourced to various companies who have committed through letters of intent and future contracts to utilising the services of the HUB.

This is a New Venture Creation Opportunity of 51% Black owned which means that the learners will be shareholders in the business.

We have an opportunity for 15 learners in KZN and 30 learners in Gauteng.

How can you get involved?

Through these projects, Progression aims to provide the volunteers with training through funding provided from corporates. Not only will this programme provide corporates with valuable BEE points under the Skills Development element of their BEE Scorecard, it also provides organisations with the opportunity to contribute to the skills growth within South Africa, without the direct mentoring having an impact on their business operations. In addition, they are able to empower persons with a disability even if their working environment does not accommodate people with disabilities.

  “We invite corporate South Africa to extend their transformation reach to the beginning of an individual’s life by investing in this project,” states Beth, CEO of Progression. “After all Social Development is about giving back at a human level.”

For more information about the project and how your organisation can get involved, please email



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