Empowering Youth

Phakamani Young Minds Academy (PYMA) provides an afterschool educational program to learners in the basic educational system. Placing great consideration on their unique scholastic and personal needs, PYMA aims to aid their academic, mental and personal development. 

PYMAs vision is to help disadvantaged children and young people in areas of Soweto, Johannesburg to become active, responsible, independent and prominent members of society. This is achieved through access to high-quality supplementary education and personal development programmes, delivered within a positive and inspiring learning space.

PYMA numbers

A few facts and figures for PYMA (2017 – 2020):


learners part of the PYMA afterschool programme


of all learners placed in tertiary education, found employment or internships


of learners passed grade 12 in 2020


learners completed grade 12 with PYMA support since 2014

Sawabona Africa supports PYMA projects

Phakamani projects we support

Build a classroom

Currently PYMA only has one classroom to teach children after school. Currently four classes take place simultaneously in one building. We would like to finance a new classroom to provide more space for teaching and individual mentoring. The classroom is a modified steel container. Our ambitious goal is to install the classroom before winter.    

Let’s try make it happen together.                                                          

Cost of Classroom: € 9 000

Support a tutor

Tutors are invaluable to running the programme. Tutors provide mentoring, guidance and teach the children. Help us cover the costs of the tutors.

Below is an example of costs to support a tutor:

  • € 840 covers a tutor’s allowance for 1 year
  • € 600 trains 30 tutors in 1 year (4 trainings)
  • € 180 trains 10 tutors in 1 year
  • € 70 covers a tutors allowance for 1 month
  • € 20 trains 1 tutor a year (4 trainings)
  • € 5 covers a tutors allowance for 1 lesson 

PYMA Children shout out for Sawabona Africa

Stories from PYMA

Many children have benefitted from the PYMA programme. We would like to share with you a few stories that make the team proud: