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21 June 2014
Youth Indaba

UWC hosts second annual Youth Indaba

The HIV and Aids Programme at UWC, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, hosted the 2nd Annual Youth Indaba on Saturday 21 June 2014, which brought together approximately 480 youth from 18 communities from in and around the Cape Flats, namely Gugulethu, Bishop Lavis, Lavender Hill, Atlantis, Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Langa and Bellville South.

The event, which took place at UWC’s Great Hall, offered a formalised space for youth from around Cape Town to discuss the social problems they experience in their communities.

The Youth Indaba stemmed from the Life Skills Training project in which youth created posters about a specific social issue in their community.

The Life Skills Training Workshop taught high school pupils from different schools in Cape Town basic photography skills, but also created awareness around how these social issues need not be normalised.  Thereafter, youth were divided into groups of six to identify a problem in their community and present the problem through photographs.

This method, called Photovoice, offered youth an opportunity to look at their community from behind the camera lens - “a sense of being the subject and the object” - in many cases they are the subjects of their circumstances.

The assistant coordinator of the event, Tammy Prince, said that each group had to create a poster presenting the problem they identified using the photographs they took. The exhibition of the posters was the main event of the 2nd Annual Youth Indaba, where judges from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, UWC and the City of Cape Town judged the posters, awarded a digital camera to each member of the two winning groups.

During the event the youth were divided into their community groups for breakaway sessions and were asked to discuss issues in their areas. Ms Prince said that these sessions allowed the youth to discuss issues they face: “The breakaway sessions allowed the youth to come together as youth in their community to discuss solution strategies for a certain challenge, or issues that affect the youth in their community. They had to design an intervention plan to implement in their community, and the three best solution plans would win seed money to create an act of change in their community.”

Ms Prince added that a total of R3,000 was awarded to each of the three winning groups. Ms Abigail Jacobs-Williams, the Programme Manager for Youth Development from the City of Cape Town, highlighted the importance of providing platforms for the youth to be part of creating solutions.