Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme

Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP)

The Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) takes place annually in the last quarter of the year. YGAP is hosted by the IFWEA Secretariat in Cape Town, South Africa; at the historic labour heritage site, Community House. Community House is home to labour movements, labour research organisations, media and human rights NGOs. We have affiliates in a number of countries around the world including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Nepal, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Philippines, India, Cambodia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bolivia, Peru and the United States of America.

Why YGAP?

To develop the next generation of worker educators that can work together and provide the global labour movement with the education required to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.

What is YGAP?

YGAP is an annual exposure and exchange programme for young staff members of IFWEA affiliates and the labour organisations who are the beneficiaries of their services. YGAP is a transformational learning experience, designed to build a global knowledge community of worker educators and labour organisers who share a common understanding of global challenges and solidarity.

Who can attend YGAP?

The programme targets young educators, trade union and youth leaders between the ages of 18 – 35 years, who are computer literate, speak English and committed to building a democratic labour movement.

What happens during YGAP?

Week 1 Participants attend a seminar programme facilitated by IFWEA Secretariat staff with inputs from participating IFWEA affiliates. The seminar programme encourages reflection through informed and purposeful interaction between the participants.

Week 2 Placements are created for participants to immerse themselves in practical grassroots experience through exposure to organisations working and organising around issues relevant to labour and social movements. Areas of interest of the host organisations include labour research; labour and community media; media rights; labour, rural and community organising; climate change and gender.

Postcards” – Messages of Learning and and Solidarity The programme concludes with participants producing an educational intervention to take back to their organisations in the form of a multi-media “Postcard”. Participants receive guidance on cultural sensitivity and media ethics before preparing their postcards. You can view the Postcards from 2012 through to 2017 on our You Tube channel here.

Each year there is a slightly different focus. During this year, participants were exposed to inputs and discussions on various topics to develop skills to assess ‘fake news’, enable them to design empirical assessment of the impact of their education and appreciate the limitations of anecdotal assessments of education events.

Who are the programme partners?

Many of the participating organisations are pioneering innovative campaigns and solutions to meet 21st century challenges for organised labour formations. The programme creates awareness and produces worker educators and organisers who can confidently design and deliver education on global solidarity in their home countries.

How can you apply?

Members of IFWEA affiliates and trade unions can apply by contacting the secretariat at ifweasecretariat@lrs.org.za if you are interested in participating in YGAP.  IFWEA requests that you do your best to contribute to a fair gender balance in your delegation. YGAP has been convened annually since 2012 and has thus far developed 112 young internationalists from 18 different countries.


Reflections of YGAP Graduates:

“What I want to highlight about YGAP is the coming together of the different nations, the richness of the learning that has been shared here. The exchange of ideas on how to overcome oppression collectively, how to bring about education for liberation… The future of the world is looking very bright.” Anele Selekwa, South Africa

“I got a lot of inspiration, insights and experiences from great people working for human rights in the labour movement in South Africa. I feel that I broadened my perspective after the trip, being able to think from a global perspective instead of just thinking ‘in Sweden we do like this.”

Rebecka Jacobsson, Sweden

“We are not alone, all over the world have the same problems as we do. We should try more to reach out to each other to solve those problems.”

Miia Kelsey, Finland  

“What inspired me most about this experience is the willpower, strength and selflessness of the people I have met during the visits we have made. These experiences echoed a word that we had been taught at the beginning of the course – UBUNTU.” Gianina Echevarría, Peru

“I have been presented with a variety of interesting and engaging teaching methods. I have learnt more about challenges for the working class all over the world. I have not only learned – but used in practice some of the teaching methods taught at the course. I have also been challenged to focus more on the process of learning instead on only the outcome.”

Marie Louise Schaumburg-Müller, Denmark

“We have the luxury of choice; as such we don’t have any excuse not to do labour education. This brings us to the concept of study circles. It is a good tool for me to use in unions, whether for union development, or for training the members themselves.”  LAU Yiu Pong劉耀邦, Hong Kong


YGAP Educator Profiles



SWEDEN: Renata Fejzulovic

In this interview we hear about coordinating the disability organisations’ educational activity, in Sweden.

  • read the interview here

COLOMBIA: Johanna Sanjuan

In this interview Johanna Sanjuan tell us of the political context in Colombia that impacts on the direction of education work in the organisation. She also shares how her experience at YGAP is impacting her work.

  • read the interview here

NEPAL: Goma Pandey 

Why did you attend YGAP, and what was your experience? मैले वाइग्यापमा विभिन्न कामदारहरmको अवस्था, अवसर चुनौती र समस्याको समधानका बारेमा सिक्न र विभिन्न देशका ट्रेड युनियन कर्मीहरmको बारेमा जानकारी लिन सहभागिता लिएकी हूँ । मैले आशा गरेका सम्पूर्ण बिषयमा राम्रो जानकारी पाएँ , नयाँ साथीहरm बनाउने मौका पाए , साथै स्टडी सर्कलको बिस्तृत जानकारी हाँसिल गरे ।. =

  • read the rest of the interview here



ZIMBABWE: Nqobizitha Nyakunu

Nqobizitha Nyakunu was selected by Patsime Trust, IFWEA affiliate in Zimbabwe where he had been working, to attend YGAP in 2016. He reflects on the experience and talks about the importance of education. Read more here
BOLIVIA: Yoshida Quinteros

“We have so much in common, in the end we all are human and live in the same world.” This is what Yoshida Quinteros discovered while attending YGAP in 2016. In this interview she tells us how she started doing education work, and why it is important for her to translate the lyrics of the solidarity song #ICANTKEEPQUIET into Spanish. Read more here

INDONESIA: Ismail Rifa’i

Ismail Rafa’i attended YGAP in 2016, he is an electronics worker and educator in the metal union federation. He says: “Education for workers is essential so that workers can gain knowledge of their position in the social, political and economic structures. This is so that workers can develop themselves in order to achieve wellbeing for themselves and their families.” read more here
SWEDEN: Jenny Andersson

Together we are strong!” says Jenny Andersson, who attended YGAP in 2016. In this profile she talks with us about her work as a popular educator, co-ordinating and facilitating study circles – and exploring using creativity to educate on democratic practice. read more here