Young Leaders for Children Conference

Centre for Early Childhood Development

'Young Leaders for Children' Conference - A conference for emerging young leaders to drive sustainable change in the children’s sector!

The Centre for Early Childhood Development announces the ‘Young Leaders for Children’ Conference as part of our 25th birthday celebrations. The conference will take place from 01 to 03 October 2019 in Cape Town. The aim of this conference is to reach, inspire, inform, and equip young leaders who work in the children’s sector. This conference is targeted at individuals 35 years and younger and is limited to 100 delegates.
Many nonprofits in the children’s sector lack leadership and management skills. This can be seen in the large number of children’s organisations that have had to downscale and the fact that many have closed in the last few years. The lack of leadership and financial sustainability in the NPO sector has had a significant, negative impact on services to children. The ‘Young Leaders for Children’ conference is a way in which to respond to these challenges. This is critical as we believe young people have the power to bring about sustainable change! The conference aims to build young leadership to drive this change in our country.
The conference will do this by covering three main themes:

  • Leadership: Inspire young people to become great leaders
  • Management: Provide young people with the skills on how to effectively manage non-profit organisations
  • Children’s sector research and programmes: Inform young people about the reality of the state of children in the country and to allow individuals to share information on successful programmes they are running

Date: 1 October, 2019 to 3 October, 2019

Venue: Inyathelo - Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Cost: Early Bird Registration: R 2,500 (deadline: 28 June 2019) Full Registration: R3,000 (deadline: 06 September 2019)

Call for Papers and the Khawuleza Event

The conference seeks presentations on the three themes: leadership, management and children’s sector research and programmes.
Instructions to those who wish to present at the conference:

Individuals wishing to present at the conference can do so in two ways. Firstly, you can submit an abstract to present during a breakaway session on one of the themes or submit a synopsis to take part in our ‘Khawuleza’ (Pecha Kucha-style) event (or you can submit for both!).
Our ‘Khawuleza’ event (meaning “Go quick!” in isiXhosa) is a Pecha Kucha-style evening that includes ten presentations of six minutes each. This event is a good way to showcase the work of young leaders and other initiatives, in a fun and lively manner.
To register and for more information please visit our conference website on alternatively contact us on 021-6832420 or email Najwah Mukadam on or Jessica Blom on

Event Start Date: 
Tuesday, 1 October, 2019
Event End Date: 
Thursday, 3 October, 2019
Event Venue: 
Inyathelo - Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Event Type: 
Cape Town

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