GLOBAL - SOUTH AFRICA: YGAP 2018 theme: "Popular Not Populist - Make Your Voices Heard"

GLOBAL - SOUTH AFRICA: YGAP 2018 theme: "Popular Not Populist - Make Your Voices Heard"


The programme took place in Cape Town from 4th to 27th October 2018 – participants came from Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Finland, Ghana, India, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Zimbabwe.

▶️ Check out: our photo and video updates of activities during the programme on the YGAP 2018 Page

▶️ View: information about the programme and facilitators who took part here

▶️ Watch: the multi-media “Postcards” produced by YGAP 2018 groups chronicling their experience on IFWEA’s You Tube channel

YGAP 2018 REFLECTIONS from UNI Africa

CAMEROON, Elisabeth Neh Zama:

Coming to YGAP 2018 – Participating in YGAP was an opportunity given to me by UNI Africa of which my local trade union SYNATCOS is affiliated to. I was chosen with four (4) other comrades of UNI AFRICA to attend. We were told that it was an opportunity for us to learn innovative methods in order to better mobilize and organize young people.

Learning with young worker leaders – The whole program was an enjoyable learning experience. Most of all I learnt that, as young people we are tech savvy and have a great opportunity to reach out to our peers using various mediums such as music, film, dance and theatre. We can use these mediums based on the message we want to pass across. I enjoyed the fact that we were with other young people from all over the world and had the opportunity to share our experiences and learn from each other in spite of cultural differences.

[pictured is Elisabeth (second right) leading a group in learning the South African solidarity song “Azania”]

The impact of YGAP on work – YGAP has impacted my work firstly by improving my communication skills in the sense that I use various mediums to pass across a message based on what I think will appeal to the target population. Secondly, YGAP has impacted the way I react to various social ills and problems. I no longer have only a passive comment or reaction because I now proceed with actions to aid in the causes I believe in. Last but not the least, I am presently working on a project of using film and music in order to organize in my union. I hope to finalize it and be able to share with IFWEA.

The importance of solidarity in Africa and globally – A whole PhD thesis can be written in order to respond to this question and yet it won’t be enough. However, I will try to give my take on this in a few words.

Solidarity is a unifying opinion, it is an expression of respect, understanding and acceptance, it is loving our neighbor like ourselves. Solidarity is not only a duty but a way of life and a way of thinking. With this in mind the importance of solidarity is clear; we need to be together today in order to work for a better tomorrow.

With the present day political, economic and social issues which we face in our communities, it is obvious that there are underlying problems which need to be addressed. The various stakeholders need to sit together to tackle the problems raised one at a time. A solution will not magically appear, therefore, before deciding on a solidarity strategy, we need to know what our intentions and goals are for any given action.

Just having the will to communicate and understand people, in spite of cultural differences is already an effective way of implementing solidarity and finding solutions.

Solidarity cannot exist without unity and all of this is geared towards a common goal. Solidarity can be achieved even with diversity in cultures and backgrounds. There is unity in diversity. There is power in unity.  Solidarity is unity.”

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UGANDA, Jane Katusabe – NTS Union:

“I came to YGAP for the exposure and exchange program for young workers -for the transformation and learning experience, especially on building global knowledge on the labour movement. I learnt a lot, especially on how to make out voices heard through theatre, filming, music and dance. I enjoyed the amazing race activity, touring Cape Town and the study visit was so amazing – team work. I enjoyed interacting with other young workers from different countries.YGAP has impacted my work – I am now open minded, show solidarity, raising my voice positively and I am educating others people about the future of work.”

Unity is strength” through solidarity our voices can be heard globally and issues can be addressed. It can also be good for networking, knowledge and skills.”

[pictured is Jane (first left) with her group developing a performance for “Using Theatre  for Social Change”]