In Cape Town it is very difficult for township students to find a decent job after they’ve finished their High School education. A valid driver’s licence is an added advantage in the job market, but it’s an expensive and complicated process. The first step is for students to get a learners licence. The centres for these exams are difficult to get to and only operate during office hours. The driving lessons are expensive and most families do not own cars.
Volunteers Direct decided to set up a project that would help the township students get their drivers licences.
Our Dutch affiliates, Teachers from Holland, recruited Wilmar Pater, a qualified driving instructor who not only teaches driving but also teaches driving instructors.
She volunteered for 5 weeks in Cape Town and spent 8 hours a day giving driving lessons to 7 pupils. She also helped 3 High School pupils to get their learners licences. The Dutch organization sponsored the required insurance plus the car for the driving lessons.
Driving tests for 3 of the best student drivers have been booked for March and April – the earliest dates available. We are confident that they will pass.
We have identified Margaret’s Driving School in Imizamo Yetho Township, Hout Bay to continue this project. She is a qualified instructor and keen to assist the youth in her area. The Dutch organization will raise funds to ensure this worthwhile project can continue.
Volunteers Direct started this small project and thanks to Wilmar and Teachers from Holland it should have a big impact on the lives of those who get their drivers licences.
If your skills can help the youth of Cape Town’s townships, whether it’s sport, the arts, education or similar please contact us for details.