Ikusasa NPO

Ikusasa NPO

Schools in underprivileged areas face challenges raising funds for their basic needs, including providing for food security of learners. The Ikusasa project empowers such schools through training learners, teachers and the broader community in poultry farming, which can provide sustainable funding.

 

A pilot project was implemented at Dukemini Primary School based in KwaMashu Ward 46.  Workshops were held on weekends and covered training in how to establish a poultry farm, hygienic practices when farming egg-laying chickens, rainwater harvesting and business management (selling eggs).

 

What has been achieved

  • Farming and animal care introduced into the Grade 4 Social Studies syllabus.
  • Theoretical and practical training of learners, teachers and parents in establishing and maintaining a poultry farm, business management, sales and entrepreneurship.
  • Construction of harvesting rainwater system, to provide water for improved hygiene within the school and to sustain the poultry.
  • Awareness-raising hygiene practices for limiting the spread of diseases among chickens.
  • Establishment of three family-run egg production businesses – Ikusasa purchased the required materials and poultry.
  • Mentoring in running a small-scale egg production business.
  • At the end of the programme, learners performed a play to parents, community leaders and the school, as a way of sharing their newly acquired knowledge on farming and entrepreneurship.
  • Information-sharing session (“field day”) with neighbouring schools.

 

Alignment with IUDF 

Inclusion and access: children are often excluded from economic development initiatives instead of being encouraged to become entrepreneurs.

Growth: three family-run businesses were started.

Governance: members from government departments also attended the workshops and want to see the project expand to other schools.

 

Stakeholders

Academia: school: learners and teachers

Government: ward councillor, departments of sanitation and water, parks and recreation, and agriculture

Civil Society: parents of learners and community