The Western Cape Government has selected seven Game Changers as the focus of the current political term of office. This includes the After School Game Changer. Its aim is to provide quality, safe after-school activities in our communities.
Responsible, productive working young adults.
To provide no and low fee learners with opportunities after school hours for sport, arts and culture, life skills and academic programmes with a target of 112 000 learners participating regularly and consistently in these programmes.
Departments of the Western Cape Government
The After School Game Changer is a collaborative effort between (five) departments and the City of Cape Town. These departments are:
• Department of Community Safety
The Department of Community Safety aims to increase safety for all the people in the Province by improving safety through effective oversight of policing, making safety everyone’s responsibility and optimising safety and security risk management. This includes supporting efforts to ensure learners are safe in After School Programmes
• Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) encourages excellence and inclusivity. We unite people through sport and culture to ensure a creative and active Western Cape. We bind our communities as a strong and unified nation and create opportunities through funding and collaboration. As part of this the Department runs MOD centres and Neighbourhood School Clusters which provide sport, recreation, arts and cultural after school programmes. DCAS is also the host to the After School Game Changer Project Office.
• Department of Social Development
The Department of Social Development ensures that a comprehensive network of social development services is provided to enable and empower the poor, vulnerable and those with special needs. As part of this and in line with the Children’s Act the Department funds Partial After Care sites which cater for children in need after formal school hours.
• Department of the Premier
The Department of the Premier provides legal and corporate services to – and co-ordinates specific provincial affairs for – the Premier, Director-General and other departments of the Western Cape Government. It also pilots new approaches to achieve the Provinces’ youth goals. This includes managing the YearBeyond Programme funded by DCAS.
• Western Cape Education Department
The Western Cape Education Department is responsible for public schooling in the province from grades 1 to 12. We provide specialised education services, among others, and subsidise and support Grade R education. Extended Education through active After School Programmes forms part of the Department’s approach to whole child development. The Department further supports After School Sports activities through school sport leagues and cultural activities through its various festivals.