As South Africa celebrates Youth Month, the largest international youth achievement programme, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, known locally as The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (TPA) is calling attention to the significant role non-formal education is playing in equipping youth to succeed in life.
Late 2018, the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award launched the Award’s #WORLDREADY campaign. More than 10,000 young people from 150+ countries and territories were asked to give their perspective on today’s world – and 65 per cent of young people surveyed believe that being ready for the world takes more than classroom learning. 77 per cent of Business Leaders surveyed on the same question concurred that formal education alone is not enough to make youth world ready.
In a poll recently conducted by The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment in South Africa, 93% of the respondents asserted that formal education alone is not enough to equip youth to succeed in life.
According to UNICEF’s U-Report, there are 3 main challenges facing South African youth²; Unemployment, Lack of Educational Opportunities and Health. This is consistent with Stats SA data that South Africa has a youth unemployment rate³ of 38.2% between ages 15-35; the worst hit age group being 15-25 with an unemployment rate of 55.2%. The unemployment statistics based on educational level in the 15-25 age group; less than matric 58.4%, Matric 55%, Graduates 31% and Other Tertiary 47.5%.
“There is evidently a need for young people to up-skill themselves through formal education beyond the bare minimum of a matric certificate but to also equip themselves with non-formal education through the Award programme. The Award certificates are globally recognised by employers and universities” – Palesa Matuludi, Head of Development, The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global, non-formal education framework which challenges young people to develop new skills, get physically active, learn about teamwork and leadership through adventurous journey and volunteer within their community. The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment encourages young people to step outside their comfort zones and in doing so, develop universal skills – such as resilience, confidence and adaptability – to help ensure that not only are they ready for the world but that the world is a better place for it.
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is proud that more and more South African youth are #WORLDREADY. The Award is implemented nationally; there are Provincial Programme Managers and Young people that can be arranged for interviews on how the Award equips youth for life. .
For more information please visit: www.presidentsaward.co.za or www.worldready.org.