“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
“People love to say, ‘Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime’ What they don’t say is, ‘And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod’ That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.” Trevor Noah
The Domino Foundation Skills Development Programme aims to create opportunities for empowering disadvantaged individuals to achieve an education in their chosen field of interest. It does this by providing access to funding for tertiary qualifications, living and travel allowances and educational resources
The programme supports and walks alongside candidates through a mentorship programme to ensure they have the confidence, knowledge and tools required to seek employment after their studies/trade. To ensure relevance, impact and effectiveness, all activities are monitored and evaluated. The programme’s activities include:
The Domino Bursary Fund which was set up to co-ordinate the financial management of each student. Money is distributed to each candidate based on an assessment by our Skills Co-ordinator. Candidates are interviewed and each situation critically assessed to determine a tailor-made funding plan for further study. As each situation varies, the plan also makes provision for a living allowance (university residence and/or monthly allowance), a monthly travel allowance (transportation) and an allowance for books and resources (study resources and data).
Tools for the trade
LIFE eQUIP. We are developing an online learning portal for each candidate to complete a one year Life eQuip Course parallel to their studies. This course has been specifically designed to incorporate essential life skills and tools to assist in job seeking, household budget planning, CV writing and other critical life lessons.
At the core of our programme is one-to-one mentoring that takes place between the student and our Skill Co-ordinator/Business Mentors. Each candidate will be supported to assist and guide them throughout their studies. Meeting regularly to get advice and guidance, as well as accountability in implementing the skills learned through our online eQuip portal and attending session. Students’ performance is monitored, their student costs managed and overseen.
Monitoring & Evaluation
The pie chart to the right indicates the fields of study that our ten candidates embarked on for the 2019 period. 90% of these students passed the year and continued in their respective fields of academics.
Opportunities for Involvement
The Skills Development Programme is largely dependent on corporate funders who want to invest their B-BBEE Skills spend to upskill youth and marginalised individuals by giving them access to funding to study. That being said there are many ways to assist:
Many of these students simple need a cheerleader, coach or mentor! Someone backing them all the way, helping them to go the distance with dignity and determination. Do you have time and head space to be their ‘person’?
Do you have the business capacity to share your skills through mentorship, skills development, emotional intelligence and strengths finder to assist these students to thrive and shine in their studies, life styles and journey?
Can you invest your B-BBEE/CSI SKILLS spend with us? Or make a donation via EFT, Credit Card or PayPal. Sign a monthly direct debit to assist to cover some or all of their costs/expenses and needs?