youth development

Fellowship Aims at Grade 12 Learners

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is sponsoring a fellowship programme for the first time to Namibian Grade 12 pupils and first-year university students.

The application states that aimed at building entrepreneurship within young people, the foundation wants to identify, educate and equip ‘demographically diverse individuals who have the potential to excel and make a significant future impact as high impact responsible entrepreneurs’.

Women’s Action for Development Grows

Women’s Action for Development (WAD), a Namibian non-governmental organisation started by the indefatigable Veronica de Klerk, has reached more than 50 000 members.

WAD members carry forward the drastic efforts to reach less privileged women, young people and the poorest of the poor across the 13 regions of Namibia.

Sketching their 21-year history of commitment, the WAD executive director, Salatiel Shinedima, describes WAD as a Self-Help organisation which follows a two-pronged programme based on the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of rural women and men.

Africa Urged to Modernise Farming

At the 23rd African Union (AU) Summit, the chairperson of the AU, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, encouraged the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) to modernise farming as a means of attracting young women and men into the agricultural sector.

Since its evolution from Organisation for African Unity to AU in 2000, the organisation has been battling with the impact of global financial crises threatening its vision of integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa.

Africa Urged to Invest in Young Leaders

Kenny Dlamini writes that during the United States of America-Africa Leaders’ summit which took place on August 2014 in Washington, one of the shared commitments outlined by the United Sates and African governments is to increase investment in the next generation; investment in Africa’s youth.

Dlamini says the call to invest in the youth was in line with the theme of the summit ‘Investing in the Next Generation’, which focused on ways of stimulating growth, unlocking opportunities and creating an enabling environment for the next generation.

SABC Foundation Empowers Young People

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member, Vusi Mavuso, says that the SABC Foundation is working to create study and job opportunities for the youth.

Mavuso says that the Foundation creates bursary opportunities for students who intend to further their studies and are financially needy.

Mavuso highlights that as the country commemorates Youth Day, it is important to ensure that the youth gets access to education.

NYDA Prioritises Poverty Alleviation and Jobs

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) says that its role is to create coordination in matters of youth development and initiate programmes aimed at poverty alleviation and job creation.

NYDA chairperson, Yershen Pillay, points out that since its inception in 2009, the agency helps in linking policy and legislative change with the development of products, programmes and services and implementation thereof.

NYDA Launches Youth Month

The government agency tasked with Youth matters, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), has launched the Youth Month Programme in Soweto.

NYDA spokesperson, Siya Magadla, says the launch will take place at Hector Peterson Square and people such as Minister in Presidency Jeff Radebe, and his Deputy Minister, Buti Manamela, and Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, graced the event.

SA Urged to Create Enough Jobs

The World Bank says millions of young South Africa are jobless and searching for work but they could not be employed because they lacked the requisite skills for the modern day work environment.

The bank argues that, “Without enough jobs being created, South Africa is left with many of its unskilled and young facing the prospect of unemployment.”

The World Bank lead economist for South Africa, Catriona Purfield, adds that the unemployment rate is the highest in all the middle income countries at 25.4 percent, or a third if you include discouraged workers.

Badisa: Social Worker

Badisa is a social services organisation that provides professional services in the areas of child protection and youth development, family care and adoption, elderly care and health care, early childhood development, substance dependency, community development, poverty relief and HIV as well as disability care and support.

Badisa seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in BADISA Tygerberg, Western Cape.



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