On Thursday 19 March 2015 in Woodmead, Johannesburg, the sixth birthday celebration of The Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) will take place. Guest speaker Herman Mashaba will give an address as well as the official collaboration partner, The Department of Basic Education, and Empowervate, which powers YCAP.
A video showing the successes from the past six years will be screened, which include interviews with the partners from Deutsche Bank Born to Be Foundation, UTi SA and Heartlines. Research partners, UNISA, will distribute research findings in a report.
In 2009, when YCAP was born out of a series of youth dialogues held at NPO Afrika Tikkun, nobody would have predicted how impactful and widespread this new programme would be. In 2014, the showcase event of YCAP took place in Durban and the top teams from each of the nine provinces presented the action projects they undertook at their schools. These winners were selected from district and provincial showcases where a total of over 3600 learners in more than 360 schools took part.
YCAP is a programme open to grade 10 learners, and now also grade 7 learners, as there is a need for such programmes in the primary schools as well. These learners from schools across the country create projects aimed at addressing social, academic, economic or environmental issues which they have identified in their schools and communities. These issues range from low pass rate, absenteeism, drug abuse and teen pregnancy to lack of food security and pollution.
The event will be at Cedar Woods Conference Centre, Woodmead from 9am to 11:30am.
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ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION