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Star For Life to host its 3rd Youth Dialogue in Johannesburg.

posted 21 Jul 2014, 05:59 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 21 Jul 2014, 06:13 ]

June was ‘Youth Month’ in South Africa, the objective and theme for this year’s ‘Youth Month’ was building and promoting youth activism. This objective is shared by government, stakeholders and leaders in all sectors across South Africa. South Africa has a rich history of youth activism, the role played by young people in overthrowing the oppressive Apartheid regime and building a more cohesive and supportive society holds a important place in the nations history and its transition to democracy. This year (2014) South Africa is celebrating twenty years of a free and democratic country.


Music group from Mpilisweni High School Ayanda Ngantweni, Dineo Koalane and
 Mpumelelo Makhosi performing at the 2013 Youth Dialogue.

Star For Life in partnership with the Department of Education and other stakeholders is planning to have their third Youth Dialogue on the 15th of August at Change Bible Church, Katlehong. The theme for this year’s Youth Dialogue is Creating a Brand That You Can Be Proud Of. The youth dialogue will consist of different learners from our fourteen schools namely; Palmridge Combined School, Edenpark Secondary School, Lethukuthula Secondary School, Fumana Comprehensive School, Alafang Secondary School, Mpilisweni Secondary School, Eketsang Secondary School, Mpontsheng Secondary School, Greenfields Secondary School, Winile Secondary School, Zonkizizwe Secondary School, Windmill Park Secondary School, Ilinge Secondary School and Ponego Secondary School. Each school has been allocated a topic to discuss on the day. The topic will be discussed by twenty, pre-selected learners [Peer Educators]  and 1 Representative Coucil of Learners (RCL) member to represent the school; alongside 2 educators, 1 School  Management Team [SMT] and 1 School Governing Body (SGB)  as a representative for parents. Topics to be discussed this year are Unemployment, Poverty, Moral regeneration and Entrepreneurship

Life Skills Coaches Thabile Khumalo and Lindokuhle Vundla 
speaking at the 2013 Youth Dialogue.

This Youth Dialogue is not arranged to simply be be a talk show, but a forum to achieve the following outcomes;

·      Identify and address challenges facing the youth regarding unemployment, moral regeneration, poverty and promote entrepreneurship through technical education.

·      To establish how various stakeholders and actors can contribute effectively in youth empowerment programs.

·      To encourage young people to utilize existing empowerment opportunities.

·      To determine how to prepare the youth to participation in community development projects at all levels.

·      How to recognize youth input and youth work as an empowerment activity for the benefit of society and vice versa.

 

Star for Life’s an aim to develop young people and youth platforms, including the youth dialogue, towards building a common, unifiying set of goals to promote youth development is slowly being realised.. As a result the SFL will rally around young people and commit itself to help them through its programmes and to bring about change in the lives of young people across South Africa.

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