youth empowerment

Partnership to Empower Zambian Youths

Zambia’s National Project for Poverty Reduction (NPPR) has signed an agreement with China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD), a Chinese NGO to sponsor about 600 youths in various skills training.
NPPR board chairperson, Ngosa Simbyakula, says that 600 youths are already in various trades colleges across the country pursuing training in food production, cosmetology, Information Communication Technology (ICT) and auto-mechanics.
Simbyakula says others were pursuing courses in power electrical, general agriculture, plumbing and metal fabrication.

​Youth in Taung Demoralised: NGO

Young people in Taung, North West, are demoralised by high unemployment numbers, among other issues.

Lebogang Mojanaga of Neolet Foundation, an organisation working to assist them in skills and competence development, says young people in the area lack skills.
Mojanaga says his foundation tries to bring hope to the area by putting young people through school and university.

Google to Train Youth in Digital Skills

Google has announced that it will be training one million young Africans in digital skills in the next year.

The technology giant will‚ in partnership with Livity Africa‚ run two training programmes namely ‘Digify Bytes’ which will give digital skills to young people looking to develop a digital career; and ‘Digify Pro’ - a three-month immersion programme for digital specialists.

In addition to the two programmes to be offered‚ Google is launching an online learning portal‚ offering a range of digital skills courses for anyone in Africa for free.

UJ, NYDA Launch New Youth Institute

A new institute to nurture young thinkers was launched by the National Youth Development Agency in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg (UJ).
Launching the Youth Development Institute (YDI), Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, says: “The institute will be a hub for young researchers and central point of reference for all youth related matters.”

Elder Mentors to Turn Initiates into Real Men

Traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape are mentoring initiation graduates (or amakrwala in Xhosa) in an effort to boost moral regeneration among them.
According to Lulamile Feni, the aim is to educate new graduates on manhood challenges, responsibilities and societal morals and values.
Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders chairperson chief, Ngangomhlaba Matanzima, says elderly men as mentors need to share words of wisdom and advice and mould the characters of the young men through mentorship.

Over 50 Percent of Youths Jobless

While university students fight for their rights, just over 50 percent of the country's youth are unemployed.

The Child Gauge 2015 report, released by the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town, states that 51 percent of those aged between 20 and 24 are not employed or studying, while 21 percent are employed, 16 percent are still completing school and 12 percent are studying or training.

Games to Prioritise Youth-Empowerment

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) president, Gideon Sam, says the Durban 2022 Commonwealth Games seeks to boost the skills of young people in South Africa.
Sam says that after the Confederation studied the government’s National Development Plan (NDP), they have realised that skills and young people are at the centre of the plan.
“Having studied the NDP and everything within the departments of our government, we looked at what is important to them and we have seen its skills and young people,” he explains.

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Youth Challenges Can Be Solved Through Entrepreneurship

The first time I went to Khayelitsha was on a Sunday afternoon. I had spent the day lazing around, when a friend called to say he was going there to drop somebody off and asked if I wanted to tag along. In a heartbeat I said yes; it had been almost three years since I moved to Cape Town, and I had never been to this township that I had heard so much about. I decided not to have any expectations, but to rather let my experience determine my views of the many good, bad, amusing and appalling stories I had been told about Khayelitsha.


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