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.
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?
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.
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 email@example.com 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.