The YGAP Journey - Lebogang Keabetswe, UNIAfrica, Youth President

The YGAP Journey - Lebogang Keabetswe, UNIAfrica, Youth President

Week 1: Day 1 – The Amazing Race 

On day 1, the YGAP participants are put into teams for an “Amazing Race” mixed by country, gender and language, and given a series of mysterious clues to find their way across Cape Town.

They are competing for a mysterious prize, so are racing for time. The value of this group activity is that participants quickly get to know each other – and Cape Town! The team spirit starts to build and they are immersed in the programme.

Organisation of this YGAP activity is an ABF – IFWEA Secretariat collaboration


Day 2 – Orientation

On day 2, the focus is on Orientation in Cape Town – the programme takes the group through the political, economic and social systems. The day includes talks and visits to different areas guided by the YGAP team and hosted by trade unions and non-governmental organisations.

From the informal settlements in townships to highly developed suburbs by the sea – participants get a snapshot of South African society.

Here we see pics of Lebogang and the rest of the group in Langa, Khayelitsha and Athlone


Day 3 to Day 5  – Education

From day 3 participants do an educational seminar programme covering different themes. This takes place at Community House, where the IFWEA Secretariat is based.

The programme activity takes different forms on different days. Themes may change annually.


Week 2 Internship and presentation of Postcards

Lebo says two things made an impact during week 1’s education programme: “The first would be the two youth groups that we had the opportunity to interact with, the Limerick Be Heard and the Cape Town Be Heard youth groups.

For me it’s about saying ‘these are the challenges, we are young, what is it that we can do?’ I have always thought young people, most of them we have this sense of entitlement, that things have to be done for this, things and helping people amongst them to actually see this is what you can do, this is the education that you need in terms of you are not employed, you are a drop out, what can you do for yourself?

So then it’s really good enough for me to say if someone younger than me can be that courageous then it means I can actually do more with the knowledge and information that I actually have.”


Lebo: “The second thing is the role of the media in terms of, what is it that we do, because I believe unions actually have a role to play in facing how the country’s politics or how the country’s economy can actually turn out to be.

So what I am taking away is that – what is the role that you are playing – be it either workers’ education, be it either through the things that we do, be it through the trainings, be it either the interaction with the communities, whether it is the civil society, whether it’s the business, whether it’s the politics, it needs to be clear what is the message that you are sending them because what we do, history will judge us tomorrow about it.”


Lebo and Mia did their internship with Whole World Women’s Association – a refugee service organisation for women – and presented their experience, and received their YGAP certificates.Lebo says: “So I think having the interactions both in the classroom and outside interacting with my colleagues, especially the study circles, it’s something than can actually benefit all of us. You would come up with topics that are more relevant, are more of interest to the people. So for me the message that I am getting here is that worker education especially when you are not imposing on people, when people are telling you ‘can we discuss about this’ has actually stood out for me.”