SOUTH AFRICA: The Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: The Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) 2019

The Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) 2019 was run at Community House, Cape Town, South Africa from 6  to 19 October 2019. The theme for this year was Education for Social Change: Popular not Populist. Nearly 30 participants and programme coordinators from seven countries took part in the immersive two-week programme of interactive workshops, seminars and short placements in organisations working on labour, social justice and democracy issues. This year the organisations included Illitha la Bantu, Ocean View Development Trust, Ground Up, Sounds of the South, International Labour Research and Information Group ( ILRIG), The Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU), Sakhisiswe youth development and Ekasi Green.

The programme for the two-week period included workshops and discussions on Economic Myths and Realities; Identifying Populist /Right Wing/ Authoritarian/ Extremist uses of Culture and Popular Messaging; The Future of Work and the Future of Collective Bargaining; and What can worker Educators do to support Labour Organisations and Parties.

Students additionally participated in a number of activities, including celebrating the International Day of Decent Work on 8 October by sharing their different country experiences of the gains made to build solidarity for the struggles ahead. The programme ended with presentations of multi-media postcards made by participants to take back to their organisations.