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Karin Bekker – Head of Education

Karin Bekker is the BOSASA Youth Centres’ Head of Education and is responsible for ensuring the benchmarked functioning of all Youth Centre coordinators. Karin manages the streamlined delivery of goals, evaluating various aspects of the education process and continually seeks ways in which to improve our practices.
In addition, she recruits and manages the appropriate staff to carry out these competencies. Strongly guided by stakeholder needs and comparable standards of best practice, part of her role as the Head of Education is to affirm that the statutory requirements, such as Umalusi and SETA accreditation, are being met.

Seeing to it that our procedures are aligned with required standards is essential for the implementation of outstanding standards of education. Karin is responsible for overseeing the academic procedures at Youth Centres across South Africa. She ensures instructors and other staff members follow the correct and recommended channels – assessing the conduct in each classroom, as well as analyzing and coordinating the overall flow of organisational information.

Before and after joining BOSASA

Adapting to a continually evolving field of child education, Karin is also no stranger to pioneering workable solutions for the future. Before working for BOSASA, Karin studied chemistry and physics, as well as obtained valuable experience in the entrepreneurial arena. But, after joining the company, she fit the role and culture so well that she decided to stay on indefinitely.

Despite a late start in the education field, her passion for understanding the youth is extraordinary. To broaden her knowledge of the challenges faced by children in conflict with the law, Karin has embarked on a BA in psychology with a focus on criminology. In addition, she is pursuing a degree in Education, taking on more electives than the qualification requires in order to fully develop her understanding of these young people and how she can assist them. She’d like to go on to complete an honours and even doctorate in Psychology, joking that, “even if I’m 80 years old, its fine!”

Karin considers the possibility of change to be the greatest gift you can offer another person. She attests that those small contributions to the lives of others add up to a larger shift in our society’s perceptions and beliefs. “By making a small difference in people’s lives,” she says “you can make a significant change”. Undoubtedly, her attitude of determined optimism and systems-oriented thinking have both played a role in BOSASA’s gold standard awards for community development, quality assurance and ethics.

But her greatest achievement does not come in the form of official recognition, an award or a certificate. For Karin, the relationships that she has developed with young people at the various centres across the country are what she values most. The ultimate recognition takes the form of a phone call from or conversation with one of the children; a small sign of trust that implies a deep bond.
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