masifunde's Changemaker Network Nelson Mandela Bay

masifunde's Changemaker Network currently capacitates learners from 47 high schools in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality with practical knowledge on relevant social topics. Through activation workshops for all grade 9 learners and intensive changemaker trainings for selected learners they spark positive change in their schools and communities.

The programmes can help guide learners that may be exposed to or experiencing violence to find coping skills, positive behavioural support, or peer-to-peer education. Such programmes can represent safe spaces for children to disclose experiences of violence, develop leadership skills, change at-risk behaviours and overall improve their resilience. Furthermore, this programme makes use of a peer-to-peer intervention strategy as it has been proven to work and encourage positive influence within schools and communities in general.


The Changemaker Network focuses on the following topics:

  • Active Citizenship
  • School Safety: Understanding Violence
  • Bullying & Healthy Relationships
  • Conflict & Conflict Resolutions
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • Prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV)
  • Environment and climate change
  • LGBT awareness

Spark magazines are a youth friendly, interactive magazine that changemakers use as a catalyst to bring change. Spark magazines contain more information on these focus topics, compiled by researchers and learners. Content allows readers to learn more about the topics as well as engage in practical tools and activities that one can put into practice and do with peers.

Spark Magazine Editions

Spark 1st Edition
Spark 2nd Edition
Spark 3rd Edition
Spark 4th Edition
Spark 5th Edition
Activation Workshops

Activation Workshops

A 45-minute Activation Workshop is facilitated to Grade 9 learners in selected high schools in the across the country to encourage them to see themselves as potential changemakers who can promote equality and raise awareness about issues of public concern. In the workshop, the learners elect two of their peers to represent their school as changemaker and attend the one-week training.

Changemaker Training

Changemaker Training

Selected learners then attend a one-week training to become capacitated in the core topics and receive tools and methods necessary to act as changemakers in their schools. The objective is to create a common understanding of the importance of youth participation and resilience. Youthful methods are used and a safe environment is created which encourages dialogues, positive thinking and action.



The changemakers then address their peers at the school’s assembly/ classrooms on the core topics they have been trained on. They share the knowledge they have learned through workshops, presentations, and art. They hand out the youth magazine SPARK to all learners in the school, as one of their primary acts as catalysts of positive change. The SPARK magazine is published for each of the topic, each with the content that the learners have been trained in and contributed towards.

Schools currently in the programme are:

Booysens Park Secondary School

Chapman High School

Coselelani Secondary School

David Livingstone Secondary School

Douglas Mbopa High School

EZ Khabane High School

Gamble Street Secondary School

Hoërskool Uitenhage High School

Ithembelihle Comprehensive Technical High School

James Jolobe Secondary School

Khumbulani High School

Kwa-Magxaki High School

Kwazakhele High School

Limekhaya High School

Loyiso Senior Secondary School

Lungisa High School

Marymount High School

Masibambane Senior Secondary School

Masiphathisane Senior Secondary School

Mfesane Secondary School

Molly Blackburn Secondary School

Morningside Highschool

Mzontsundu Secondary School

Ndyebo Senior Secondary School

Ndzondelelo High School

Newell High School

Nkululeko Public Secondary School

Paterson High School

Phakamisa High School

Qaphelani Senior Secondary School

Reubin Burn School for Hearing Impaired

Sakhisizwe High School

Sanctor High School

Solomon Mahlangu Secondary School

Sophakama Highschool

Soqhayisa Senior Secondary School

St James Secondary School

St Thomas

Tinarha High School

Tyhilulwazi Senior Secondary School

V.M Kwinana Senior Secondary School

Victoria Park High School

Vulumzi Secondary School

Walmer High School

Woolhope Secondary School


Austrian Development Cooperation
Jugend Eine Welt
Eastern Cape Department Of Education