Founded in 2012, by former Waterford KaMhlaba teacher- Tom Churchyard, Kwakha Indvodza (“Building a Man”) is Swaziland’s first male-focused youth organisation. Kwakha Indvodza (KI) provides a unique mentoring experience to boys and men who have been denied, either through absenteeism, tragedy or abuse, a present or positive masculine influence in their lives. We have mentored hundreds of 15 to 29 year old young men who rarely interact with a positive male influence and who are fast growing into adulthood without any point of reference or male guidance.
KI offers a regular positive third space (Information Mentoring Centre at Mbuluzi, Mahlanya and LaMgabhi), away from home and school, which allows our emajaha to interact in a male-only environment with each other and over 30 Kwakha Indvodza staff and volunteer mentors from all walks of life. At these IMCs we conduct activities that are fun, inclusive and focused on our three strategic pillars, which we have identified as vital in creating a future generation of men who live with respect, dignity and honour. They are male health, financial Independence and Social Responsibility. Lisango (men’s meetings), are open every day afternoon for homework help, health referrals and advice, counselling and educational relaxation such as movies, debates and group discussions.
In LaMgabhi, out of a number of the boys who completed form five, 5 of the best were awarded certificates. The fifth best student was Lukhele Melusi who attained 3 credits followed by Tjelizwe Dlamini who got 6 credits. The third best student of our emajaha was Lihle Maseko who also got 6 credits with two impressive A’s and a B, all in scientific subjects. Gcinizwe Motsa was the second best in LaMgabhi with all subjects credited with an A* in Sciences and three B’s. The top student from LaMgabhi was Njabulo Mkhwanazi who secured 4 grand A’s, also in Sciences and 4 more B’s and just one C. Seemingly LaMgabhi is the home ground for future scientists.
In Mahlanya, out of 15 emajaha who finished form 5, Njabulo Dlamini was the fifth best student who was granted a certificate with two B’s and three C’s. Dalingcebo Nhlabatsi secured the forth position with four B’s and three C’s, followed by Wezi Gcwala Dlamini with an A, two B’s and three C’s. Sakhamuzi Ngcebo Dlamini was the second best student from Mahlanya who obtained three B’s and three C’s. In first place, Lunga Mbuli inspired his fellow emajaha with two A’s, two B’s and two C’s. Mahlanya proves to be breeding humanitarians and economists.
Mbuluzi was unfortunately with the least credits from our emajaha. Only six students completed high school with the best 5 being Phinda Dlamini who was encouraged with a certificate for obtaining two D’s. In forth position was Ayanda Khanyile who managed to pass with three C’s followed by Mbongiseni Msibi in third place who scored three C’s as well making a tie with Ayanda. The best student was awarded to Phinda Dlamini who scored three C’s and three D’s. From the study of the three IMCs, LaMgabhi proved to be the one with students who led all IMCs with their impressive grades, followed by Mahlanya. It is gathered that Mbuluzi has least credits and most credits are from agro science. An explanation for such findings would be that Mbuluzi is in the Highveld with more rains. The boys engage in agricultural activities (growing a vegetable garden, rearing chickens) more as their strengths are in agriculture than the math problem solving theories taught at school.
None the less, KI encourages boys to attain the highest level of education possible. Hence we have the IMC which has one of its key components being homework help, group discussions and debates.
This Ceremony of Recognition is to encourage the other emajaha who are closer to graduation to work as hard on their studies as their peers who are ahead. It is also for the emajaha who have not done well to go back and redeem themselves and understand that they can achieve anything, if not greater, if they work just as hard. Another crucial and valuable feature of this first annual event was motivational speeches and lauds from parents, teachers and members of the community over the success of their children.
This event, which was held on the 4th of February 2017, bore an improved relationship, communication and recognition of each other’s efforts amongst the parents and teachers of emajaha, emajaha and KI’s IMC.
The LaMgabhi top five students flanked by KI”s director Tom Churchyard and the IMC coordinator and the lead mentor.The crew from Mahlanya posing with their proud teacher.