When we started our CXC Maths and English Programme last month, we were excited that so many young people wanted to seek opportunities to get the qualification and education they needed.
The enthusiasm from our first group meeting has not translated into attendance to class on the days agreed.
When we discussed this problem as administers of the programme it was with some frustration. We realised that there was a problem of motivation. The youth seemed not to be able to put any effort into ensuring they were at class and doing work. It seemed they were not at the stage to prioritize their own education. Our expectations were that they would seek all the support they could get to show up to classes.
- Have we named the lack of effort on their part as lack of motivation correctly?
- Should we be focusing on self-development/personal motivation and setting and achieving goals as opposed to preparation for CXC Maths and English?
- What affects the motivation of youths between the ages 16-19?
- How can understanding this be integrated into a programme?
- Can we create a programme for youths from low-income communities without also providing for transportation cost and lunch and possibly a stipend?