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Youth Facilitator Mentor - Sthembiso Nkambule

 

Sthembiso Nkambule is a trained Community Development Practionner living in Embonisweni, White River.  Sthembiso is married to Thulisile with a five year old son named Blessing and a one year old daughter, Praise.


The youth facilitator team mentor is Sthembiso Nkambule who travels to their schools on a daily basis supporting and counselling the youth facilitators.  Sthembiso assisted the schools to identify the youth facilitators through a process of interviews in each school.  The schools short listed a group of potential candidates and along with the school support committee, one youth facilitator was chosen by a panel of stakeholders from the schools.  For 2012, Sthembiso has worked with the schools to identify a second facilitator for each of the 10 schools so that there is a male and female at each school.


Every week Sthembiso visits the 10 schools and monitors, counsels and supports the youth facilitator as well as the learners and staff.  He is a gifted speaker and is often asked to be the guest speaker at events and assemblies.  In addition, he writes reports on a monthly basis from the information compiled by the youth team.
Sthembiso also comes from a very disadvantaged background, is a trained counsellor and understands the needs and problems of youth and children.   Through his own life experience and compassion, he spends a lot of time working with the youth team, guides and directs their work and liaises with the schools on matters pertaining to the children with whom they work.  He is also very active in his community running programmes for youth.

In 2013, another school joined our youth facilitator team project.  Lugebhuta High School in Schoemansdal, near the Swaziland border, became the 11th school to have 2 youth facilitators full time in the school.  The two new youth are being trained and assisted and are supported by the Yebo Foundation in the Netherlands.

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