Friday, November 18, 2011

Bosasa - Top Education for Youth Centres

Bosasa Youth Development Centres continues to raise the education bar. YDC is a private education provider registered with Umalusi and the Department of Education and a member of APPED. We have young people in formal education system as well as the ABET levels. The formal system has grades 8 to 12 in which we function under the jurisdiction of the District Offices and local schools for exam purposes. Our vocational skills education programmes are approved by the relevant SETAs.

Children under in the care of our Youth Centres are registered for full unit standard qualifications in their modules. They are given up to three chances when they are not yet competent until they come ‘fully competent’. Learner support programmes in Life Skills, Entrepreneurial development, Career development, Citizenship and Therapy programmes help in the transformation of the children and armed with new skills they are imbued with renewed hope for as better future.

All private providers must be accredited by Umalusi to ensure that the education provided at their sites is legitimate. This also works as a deterrent for the here-today-gone-tomorrow operators and they are many. One of the conditions is that private providers of education must be registered as PTY Limited companies . Before accreditation, evaluation is done by specialists in various fields and councillors who audit the site. Education providers are taken through the stages of provisional accreditation through to provisional accreditation with candidacy status.

Previously there was an NQF framework with levels 1 to 8. Now there are three councils with levels 1 to 10 and their self-defined frameworks, namely . the Higher Education Council, Umalusi Council and the Qualifications Council for Trades and Occupation (QTCO) for apprenticeships and SETA related qualifications. Levels 5 to 10 are Higher Education framework levels while levels 1 to 4 are Umalusi and NQF based. Take Umalusi NQF level 4 for instance, it is where you get the Grade 12 examination. QTCO is on levels 1 to 10

ABET levels 1 to 4 is an adult school level with Grade 1 being equal to preschool levels and for the adults who cannot read or write their names.
Pursuing Umalusi standards has paid handsome dividends as many of our youth go on to achieve great things here and overseas. At least we know we are part of that success - second time around.

Pastoral Mentorship Programme at Bosasa

More and more organisations are looking beyond conventional options for personal guidance and solutions. Realising that sustainability means caring for people in the workplace physically mentally and spiritually, the Rev. Gerhard van der Merwe facilitated a mentoring programme for the Dutch Reformed Church at Mogale Business Park. This means that spiritual leaders will now be entering the workplace to provide mentoring services for both leadership and personnel.

A workshop for 55 religious leaders was held at the Mogale Business Park training centre in September, to develop a uniform approach. "We aim to make a substantial difference to the lives of personnel at any level" Rev. Van der Merwe. The initiative has been welcomed by the business community in South Africa who feel that this holistic approach is long overdue.

Mentoring is now regulated by the South African Council of Coaches and Mentors which has thrown its full support and endorsement of this initiative. The Council will be organising media interviews for the mentoring group.


Leadership in the making - Gavin Watson

Spiritual Capital

Bosasa Prison Fencing Innovation

It does not matter on which side of the fence you get off as long as you do get off and make good decisions about life. Perhaps that was the unwritten philosophy of the Watson family when the Bosasa Group of Companies was not yet a gleam on the horizon but it unerringly chose the moral side of the fence and life. The Watson family was known for challenging existing prejudiced beliefs, of saying' what if' and 'why not'.

Choosing Sides
When the Bosasa Group was born it was clear that the right l choices would always be made even in the face of adversity. Bosasa was and remains no ordinary Company. It has centred its 'product' choice against a balanced score card always asking the question – will it or, can it change lives and grow this beloved country of ours? If the answer was no, irrespective of the product provocation, new avenues were sought that opened doors, grew people, provided opportunities and grew an economy of scale.

So when is a fence a fence?
Ask a Chinese citizen about the Great Wall of China and they will be adamant that it was built, in excess of 6000 kilometres, to keep the enemy out. Ask East Berliners about their Iron Curtain and they will tell you to was to keep them all in, away from contaminated Western thinking. Good fences are said to make good neighbours provided there is an open gate that makes good friends. Ask a psychologist about her understanding of fences or boundaries and she will answer without them we have poor values. A physician will tell you that the human skin or integument is a boundary that preserves the inner body and without it we would surely die. The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is continuous but in actual fact as it travels the human body it adjusts its structure to regulate temperature, assist with touch sensation, protect you from the sun and dehydration or invasion of bacteria. It has two distinct layers to do this. Different parts of the body required the skin to fulfil different functions. The soft delicate 'skin' inside the mouth would never work on your face for instance which carries the full brunt of UV light, It's about survival and these boundaries or fences do not stop working because there is a national holiday. Our Creator had already done the homework and provided perfection. So why reinvent the wheel? The model for Correctional Centres was born.

Correctional Services
Enter fencing in the industrial world and picture the scene of a correctional centre. Can you imagine this without a boundary fence or two (that worked) knowing that offenders are kept 'inside' until rehabilitation is complete. So what is the perfect fence or skin of a correctional centre?
The Department of Correctional Services for instance gave us a mandate to develop the perfect fence for all Centres. The mandate on the surface was a simple one: supply install and commission outer and inner perimeter fencing, CCTV and lighting. They had two objectives: keep the right people in and the wrong people out and don't install something so grotesque that even human rights courts will get involved. Sounds like a piece of cake until you visit the sites and reality sets in. No two sites were alike. The fences then could not be standardised to a one size fits all. It had to adapt to each unique environment. The project teams got work – sixteen in all with 900 people each bringing different specialisations to the table. The first logistical problem was the commencement of the contract in festive season. This meant business as usual and no leisure days in the sun. Stock had to be placed on site in bonded facilities within four months. Equipment needed to be on site. No drawings existed for many of these dated sites.

A fencing blue print

Today, the project team knows these sites intimately. No other private company knows and understands the unique demands and design of each site. Building plans which never existed before evolved into scientific architectural and engineering design. The project team developed a benchmark – an adaptable design which lays claim to being the best of its kind on the planet earth and fit for purpose. Adaptable it had to be with each site bringing its own challenges. The differences in site needs were accommodated. New age solutions were required for old aged establishments. Now read on about the processes, products, people and project teams that changed a facet of South African Correctional Services history.

"No other private company knows and understands the unique demands and design of each site."

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