Rural Youth participation is important
Southern Africa has many young people who are residing in rural areas with access to smart phones and the internet. However, the challenge they have is access to opportunities that are existing out there.
Southern Africa has identified according to International Labour Organisation that there is three foundation for youth development which are integrated into the countries National Development Plans and Youth Development Policies:
- Productivity: Southern Africa Youth Project understands that the youth needs to be given a chance to be productive. The more they spend the time sitting doing nothing. It can negatively impact on their well being and positiveness.
- Connectivity: Southern Africa Youth Project believes that when the youth have access to the internet they must be productive and use the internet for their development and growth.
- Urgency: Southern Africa Youth Project believes that the youth needs not to waste the time in dealing with socio-challenges that their communities are facing.
Rural Youth Participation in decision making is important
When the youth are involved in decision making, they are given the ownership, control and strength that they own the process. Therefore it is important to involve the youth in the decision making processes.
SOuthern Africa Youth Project believes taht getting the youth to intervene in decision making it helps the interventions to be more active to the youth need and it enables them to take ownership of the policies and the initiatives that are brought to them.
Southern Africa Youth Project sees participation is as an importnat thing in all conferences and sessions led and managed by government departments and convensions.
When they participate in programmes at international and national level they therefore take ownerships and develop programmes at community level which are more effective and changes the lives of other youth in communities. Also on the other side Southern Africa Youth Project will then boost their morale and self esteem to believe that tehy can do this.
Rural Youth Participation mechanisms are important
Southern Africa Youth Project does at national and local situations need to ensure that there is active participation of the youth in rural areas. This is whhy Southern Africa Youth Project establishes youth committees at school level.
The aim of the youth commitees at school level is to engage young people to see things differently. To participate in national parliaments, dialogues, conversations and talks which will enable them to come up with initiatives that will keep them busy and engaged at a local level.
We see this as important as an organisation as it creates a space for young people in rural areas to see them as part of the ecosystem and that they are not excluded. However they need to take ownership and solve their own problems which they face at local leve.
Our role in Monitoring of Rural Youth participation
Southern Africa Youth Project works with the youth in schools and rural based non-profit organisations whom are included into national and international consortia discussions and capacity building.
The long term goal of Southern Africa Youth Project is to ensure that there is equality between the youth in cities and those in rural areas.
How do we see ourselves achieving this:
- Southern Africa Youth Project introduced an online all in one system which organisations in cities, townships and rural areas can be able to access it for information, sessions and programmes.
- We provide joint trainings for all organisations directors, programmes staff, data capturers in the same time.
- Giving them the same tool for their Monitoring and Evaluation.
- With this tool non-profit organisations in rural areas are also treated the same as the ones in cities.
- Southern Africa Youth Project then ensures that non-profit organisations gets to access similar type of support.
Rural Youth Participation in Policy
Southern Africa Youth Project as the best non-profit organisation and the leader in Youth Development sees itself and its 1 000 member non-profit organisation in cities, townships and rural areas.
- We see ourselves supporting national governments and the international communities in executing and implementing programmes at both local and international level.
- Through the implementation of our programmes we need to ensure that we support policies and making sure that our 1 000 member non-profit organisations are buying into and supporting national programmes.
- As a leading content developer and project manager Southern Africa Youth Project will provide trainings to organisations as per their country to ensure that the work we are currently implementing is currently supporting the national policies and the national development plans of such countries.
Supporting Rural Youth Participation enabling them to thrive
Southern Africa Youth Project understands that youth participation cannot be successful if there are no results. Understanding that just like children the youth needs to be supported to grow individually.
- Southern Africa Youth Project through its programmes we are able to support the youth in rural areas to improve on their social and emotional competence for them to grow.
- Southern Africa Youth Project enables the youth to move from nothing to be something. This is documented in our alumni page.
- Southern Africa Youth Project empowers the youth to take the ownership of their own lives and for them to understand and see that they are the ones to take care of their own lives without relying on governments or individuals for their growth.
Why does Rural Youth Participation matters
Every child who has attended pre-school or faced difficulties have the same aspirations which is to grow. However, with shaking economies the reality of this happening are minimal.
At Southern Africa Youth Project we engage the youth in rural areas as we see it matters that we should integrate them into programmes to ensure that we create role models in rural areas who are going to change the other youth’s lives.
Southern Africa Youth Project see this matter as the information is made available on big scale. However, the organisation