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.

  • Join us for YGAP 2018 here and view the programme for this year – theme: “Popular not Populist – Make Your Voices Heard”

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 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.

(YGAP) 2018: Announcing the winners of the IFWEA essay Competition “How our education project helped build democratic participation”.

The IFWEA Secretariat received 11 excellent essays from youth working in our affiliates or in organisations in the labour movement. We are pleased to announce the two winners, who were chosen by the IFWEA President, General Secretary and Programme Manager.

They are Varinia Rendón Martínez from CENAC Bolivia and Jeff Tangwena from ZiCEA Zimbabwe. A big congratulations to the two winners, who spoke to the topic of how an education project they were part of helped to build democratic participation, sharing their experiences and reflections. Both Varina and Jeff will receive a scholarship which covers the full cost of participation in the IFWEA Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP), starting on the 14 October and ending on 27 October 2018 in Cape Town.

We will feature details and extracts from their essays in the upcoming e-bulletin. Choosing the winning essays was not an easy task, as the quality of entrants was high. The selection committee therefore decided to award two additional YGAP scholarships to the runners-up in the competition, Amar Kharate from StreetNet Asia, and SreyLeak Leoung from IDEA, Cambodia. We congratulate all the participants for their courage in submitting their essays in this competition. We thank them for their efforts and for the excellent work they are doing in the labour movement. Keep up the good work, we are building our global knowledge community together! Click below to read the essays: