The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), the Centre for Social Development in Africa (CSDA) and the Library at the University of Johannesburg hosted a three-part webinar series between October and November 2021 to highlight the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the related restrictions on young people's lives.
COVID-19 and youth well-being in South Africa – SALDRU
This presentation, delivered by Dr Gibson Muderiza of SALDRU, shared the results of a largescale survey, conducted with UNICEF and others, looking at the educational, employment and psychological effects of the pandemic on South African youth.
Young Alex residents' experiences of COVID-19 and related restrictions – CSVR
COVID-19, learning and educational support – Afrika Tikkun
Afrika Tikkun is an organisation that focuses on supporting child development from cradle to career. Nellie Zembe's presentation shared the results of telephonic interviews with families who were receiving educational support from the organisation. The results highlighted the great difficulties that many families experienced in continuing/ supporting their children's learning during South Africa's level 5 lockdown.
A systematic overview of youth unemployment interventions in South Africa – CSDA
In this presentation, Prof Lauren Graham outlined the various strategies that the public and private sectors had put in place to support youth economic inclusion and the effectiveness thereof.
The National Pathway Management System, matching and youth employment – Harambee
In this presentation, Lesedi Masha shared details of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator's National Pathway Management System (NPMS). This system aims to match or connect young people with work opportunities more effectively.
Youth-related insights from the IJR's Inclusive Economies Project – IJR
In this presentation, Jaynisha Patel shared insights related to youth inclusion from the organisation's Inclusive Economies project.
Youth inclusion in the Community Work Programme – CSVR
Prof Malose Langa's presentation shared details of CSVR's research on youth inclusion in South Africa's Community Work Programme (CWP). Early findings highlighted how youth inclusion was not a primary focus in the conceptualization of the CWP but that great potential existed in terms of fostering greater youth representation in the programme. The violence prevention potential of such inclusion was also noted.
The Basic Package of Support and a whole-person approach to youth inclusion – CSDA
Prof Lauren Graham's presentation highlighted the need for a holistic or whole-person approach to youth development and inclusion. This included a discussion around the Basic Package of Support (BPS) programme, which is a central component of President Cyril Ramaphosa's Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI).
CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute that seeks to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at the community, national and regional levels.