Young leaders’ network ACTIVATE! Change Drivers has launched a national campaign that will culminate in the delivery of a ten-point action agenda to the National Planning Commission in October this year, to guide the next National Youth Policy.
The #FUTURENOWSA campaign aims to develop a road-map of actionable, game-changing mechanisms to aid the National Development Plan in supporting the youth of South Africa.
“The National Development Plan has very few ideas that directly address some of the pressing issues young South Africans are facing now. For the most part, it conceptualizes young people as a potential destabilizing force – a “ticking time bomb” – and specifies ways to protect against this potential threat rather than to proactively harness it as a positive stabilizing force,” says Nelisa Ngqulana, Communications Officer at ACTIVATE!.
“It is imperative that young South Africans – the majority of the country’s population – recognize the extent to which their interests are not being addressed adequately, particularly in the absence of a strong non-partisan youth voice.”
As the largest and most diverse youth network in South Africa, ACTIVATE! holds a unique position to articulate these needs and will over the next few months develop a 10-point action agenda for young people that focuses on:
– Game-changing, implementable ideas that can dramatically shift the landscape for young people
– Specific actions that young people, government and civil society can take in the short-term
– New insight into the role young South Africans are playing
“This is an exciting time for the youth. As we saw in the 2014 elections, their role in politics is being realized. Unfortunately, there has not been a strong enough youth movement to set the agenda. ACTIVATE! Change Drivers are aiming to change that. #FUTURENOWSA is only one of our initiatives, but it brings the youth one step closer to being a force to be reckoned with.” Nelisa concludes.
The campaign is being driven online via its website www.futurenowsa.co.za, Facebook Page ‘Future Now SA’, on Twitter via the hashtag #FutureNowSA. Youth are invited to contribute to the campaign and can submit their ideas on the website or via USSD by dialing *120*4215#.
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