The winners from each category and the first runners up received Kick Start prizes and events at their schools thanks to our loyal donors Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation and UTi SA.
- National Secondary Winners – Eastern Cape
16 October 2015 – Solomon Mahlangu High
Wishlist items – 10 more tablets for their new digital library that will get access to books from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University because they won Y-CAP 2015.
Event highlights – The staff are so supportive of the programme, especially the principal. The choir sang lovely songs, and NMMU professors spoke as well as a representative from the Department of Education. The new Grade 10s of 2016 are already brainstorming topics and the 2015 team will continue their anti-late coming campaign.
- National Secondary Runners Up – KZN
21 October 2015 – Dlangezwa High
Wishlist items – Fitness class equipment, laptop computer, Fitness DVDs, aircon for library
Event highlights – the Grade 10s composed a Y-CAP song, the Department of Education sent many officials to the event to congratulate the team and get motivated to get more participation next year, and the learners painted a Y-CAP mural. The Y-CAP team’s wellness programme has transformed their canteen into a healthier food provider, and the culture of exercise and drinking water has been developed.
- National Primary Winners – Gauteng
19 October 2015 – Silverton Primary
Wishlist items – 100 Mad Geeks club branded t-shirts, Geek of the Week and Month club badges, sign to go outside the Mad Geeks Club classroom, laptop computer, printer
Event highlights – The staff are so passionate about developing their learners, and the learners were so excited to be the first ever National Primary School Winners. They had speeches prepared about how they benefitted from taking part in the programme and had testimonials from the learners who attend the Club. Then they demonstrated a Club session In the classroom. The Department of Education sent a representative from the district and provincial office. The Grade 7s said they will continue Y-CAP in the high schools they join next year to be ready to enter again when they are in Grade 10. The new Grade 7s for 2016 are being groomed by the current champions.
- National Primary Runners Up – North West
30 October 2015 – Madibeng Primary
Wishlist items – 10 double desks and 20 chairs for one classroom that had no furniture
Event highlights – The learners were congratulated by the district director from the Department of Education for assisting them to collect textbooks and reuse them. The learners made lovely speeches and the choir sang. Then we had photos with the desks and chairs they requested, which will be used by the Y-CAP learners next year. They will continue collecting textbooks as a school and the new Grade 7s have a new topic they have started working on already.
Well done to all the provincial winners from both categories who made it to the National Championships, and a special acknowledgement to those who came in the top 3 per category for their hard work and commitment. Keep up the good work!