Youth Day 2015: DCAS Encourages Youth to Move Forward
Youth Day is celebrated on 16 June every year to remind South Africa of the importance of its youth and to remind us never to repeat the wrongs of the past. The national theme for 2015 is Youth Moving South Africa Forward.
The 2015 Youth Month takes place 60 years after the adoption of the Freedom Charter in Kliptown, and commemoration events are planned across the country.
During Youth Month, and in line with the Western Cape Youth Development Strategy, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) will be highlighting some of the opportunities it offers young people to improve their lives and become productive, responsible members of society.
DCAS proudly participates in the Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) project. This project gave recent Western Cape matriculants the opportunity to gain practical workplace experience with mentoring from DCAS staff. These young people are learning valuable skills in DCAS and getting into the labour market at an early age.
The Department is very proud of its MOD (Mass Participation; Opportunity and access; Development and Growth) Programme for learners in disadvantaged communities. The MOD Programme offer learners a safe environment after school where they can do homework; develop their life skills, sporting and cultural talents. This also helps to protect them from social ills. Participating learners develop a better sense of personal purpose, well-being, self-confidence and self-esteem.
DCAS also supports the national Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which aims to reduce poverty and unemployment by providing temporary work, an allowance and training. EPWP beneficiaries work in various places in the districts of the Western Cape, changing their young lives for the better.
The Department seeks to ensure that initiation and initiation schools are safe places for young men going through the important rite of passage to responsible adulthood. The Western Cape Initiation Protocol and Guidelines encourage traditional surgeons, carers, young men and their parents to practice safe and hygienic cultural practices.
Applications are now open for matriculants and recent graduates to join the Year Beyond venture. This programme encourages local and international volunteers to become full-time tutors of young people for a year. Through freely giving their time and skills to others, these volunteers gain valuable experience, give something back to the community, and assist vulnerable youth to make the best of what they have.
Youth camps are planned for July in various districts of the Western Cape. Selected participants will go to the provincial youth camp, and from there will be attending the national youth camp in October. These events focus on sport and recreation, coupled with modules on values and “soft skills”. The camps assist young South Africans to become responsible and conscious adults.
For more details on the 2015 Youth Month celebrations, please see the DCAS events calendar online.
Let us encourage our youth to continue to strive for a free, united and prosperous South Africa BETTER TOGETHER.