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Reviving the youth potential in a rural community of South Africa

Skills Development, Entrepreneurship and Mental health promotion

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Rural South African are impacted by unemployment and non-development in the area. The problem I am trying to solve is influenced by the issue of municipality and government politics whereby there is no service delivery in the community, corruption has taken place in the community and we believe that working a civil society we will have the fulfillment of life that every individual need. There is also an arising issues once in a while of residence becoming frustrated of the social issues such as unemployment and attack non-South Africans because they believe that they are in their country to take their employment opportunities while they can work together to exchange skills be able to provide for themselves to fight the depressions and anxiety that lead the youth to commit suicide and have the capacity to be independent through the empowerment workshops, mental health and life skills programs, as well as skills development ad entrepreneurship programs. the solution to this problem is that the multipurpose centre or community development centre be implemented so that the needs of the community to be fulfilled are met so that they can all gain their dignity, live joyfully and have opportunity to explore their talents and potential by realizing their skills and learning from one another. furthermore, have the potential of transferring those skills to the next generation, the community will realise education is important but also skills and talents can benefit them to generate income and be where they want to be, they can not depend on someone or corporate employment to live the life they want to live, they have potential and ability to change their living circumstances. So, multipurpose centre with skills development training centre, workshops and psychosocial and emotional activities that will be provided there will have an impact on the community.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Dennilton is a small developing village in Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo Province of South Africa, it is developing at a snail’s pace because of lack of government support. It is the village of black residents and rich in diversity as South Africa consists of eleven languages and various tribes, the dominating tribes are Pedi, Ndebele, and Zulu. The community is still led by chiefs’ incorporation of the municipality to be presented in the government.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

Bringing together South Africans and Non-South Africans together will help with social integration and combat xenophobia. Somalians will be knowledge partners about entrepreneurship or small enterprises and as well as Zimbabweans for skills development as part of social inclusion and cohesion through information sharing and skills development by sharing the skills they have with south Africans such as making zinc basin and kettles, carpentry and craftwork in the community to generate income.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Hope, Joy, Dignity, and Platform for opportunities: The community multipurpose centre will primarily provide skills and development training, entrepreneurship training and linkage of occupation to relevant resources because the community lacks the resource and information about the mentioned above to sustain their livelihood. The community has a high rate of school dropouts and unemployed youth, which results in non-progressive of poverty alleviation and rural development and lack of personal development skills results in the increased rate of suicide cases in the community yearly. For people to receive a better living they must relocate to urban areas to find a fulfilling lifestyle and sustainable livelihood. In addition, psychosocial and emotional support will be provided through mental health and life skills workshops to reduce suicidal cases. Fulfillment for opportunities will be job creations and entrepreneurship.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

There are existing organizations in our community conducted by youth that promotes university enrolment support and theoretical career guidance. The idea proposed will create rural development by repurposing the existing abandoned facilities, poverty alleviation, reduction suicidal cases, as well as accommodating school dropouts and unemployed youth because their needs that bring joy and fulfillment are not met due to their family's financial circumstances and not qualify to enroll in higher educational institutions, for instance, university. The idea will create a positive change by providing financial stability and improve personal development and life skills, as they will be able to deal with their social issues and mental wellbeing. Overall, it will break the generational poverty chain and there will be social integration between South african and Non South African.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

the Idea is important to the community because there is no development in the rural area and there is youth potential is derailed by being too dependent on the government's services which are not delivered and it was also inspired by seeing that the community has infrastructures that are abandoned and not utilizes and there is much more that can be done with those buildings to develop and close the gaps identified to meet the needs of the community, which most of them were not aware of, and all youth believe that they have to relocate to urban areas for better life and to get fulfillment while they have an ability to change the community by using the existing resources or making use of what they have to get what they need to live fully. Non- South Africans have skills when shared there will be a benefit of growth in the community as they are human resoruces and finacially too.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

The dynamics of the community which the idea to be implemented is that South African has the mentality of Non-South African are taking over their country and opportunities, not seeing that working together with them will help with developing themselves and having a way of sustaining their livelihood.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

The community has youth organizations that focus on charity donations for vulnerable children donating school uniforms, career guidance more focusing on University enrollment, as well as abandoned buildings that can be repurposed to meet the needs of the community.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

The partners hoping to work with in future are the organization called SETA offering learnership and skills development training, mining companies, Vocational college lectures from outside the community to offer training and Department of Social Development for leanerships and training on workshops of youth empowerment, mental health and emotional support, life skills and

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Service: A new or enhanced service that creates value for end beneficiaries

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

Tharollo Ya Tlhabologo ( meaning solution for change and development).

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

The group is currently in planning to implement the idea proposed. we are currently building relationships with organization and companies we see potential and that will contribute to making the idea a success. We are also running a literacy project called Bula Puku Literacy Project focusing on English as part of building the children's confidence because the community has a challenge of illiteracy and when children reaching the opportunity to be exposed in other areas such as university when they are old, find it difficult to understand, communicate and present fluently in English. furthermore, English is a medium of instruction in South Africa it is important for everyone to speak and write in English.

Type of submitter

  • We are not yet a registered organization but plan to register in future

Organization Headquarters: Country

South Africa

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Groblersdal

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Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
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I am in the process of registering the non-profit organization because from this platform I have seen and learned the importance of having a registered organization in our community. It has also added an inspiration to what I need to do for our youth and people on the move to make sure that we are well developed and have a sustainable livelihood. I believe this will have a great impcat on our people and I have started with my team with the research to gather more information about the idea in hand and to find other assets that can contribute to this from our community to empower our youth. the community is responding well and they are happy to see all the abandoned building repurposed as it will benefit them and their children. working together with non-south African it was said they have never thought of it like that because they did not see the importance of skills development because for one to have a business one, has to have funding but from the meetings, we had with them they believe that it is doable.

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Hi Delma Mashilwane, first off, congratulations on this idea. This is really awesome and you are welcome to the Bridgebuilder challenge 2019. Do you think South Africans are ready to stop xenophobic attacks against foreigners?

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Hello and Thank you, I certainly believe that empowering them to see benefit of socialising with non south African and learn from them they will see that they are their fellow people, because already we are facing unemployment with or without non south Africans and staying allowing them to teach them what they know to generate income and be independent as they are they will see that the xenophobic attacks are not necessary.

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By the way Delma,

Let me also mention something about this. We have been following the neqs here in Uganda. Sorry for what is happening. Sometimes I think some of our African couñtries were not ready to be independent from colonilists, because the things I see happening in our countries hinders development and growth. Weaknesses are mostly more than strengths. But I hope our interventions to empower the most sensitive group under the ages 15 - 36 or 40 will reduce such cases of rioting and so many things happening in our countries..otherwise if it wasn't the case of unemployment coupled with illiteracy, poverty and lack of skills to help them become self-sustaining..these things couldn't happen at any point.

Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
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Hi Olive,
I totally agree with you there Olive, that is the reason why I am working with children from primary school to teach them about literacy and encouraging them to read more and more so that they can be exposed more to what is happening around the world, because most of the children in the rural areas are taken cared of by grandparents who are unable to assist with school works and have brothers and sisters that drooped out of school due to reasons mentioned, poverty and unable to change their living circumstances because of lack of skills. focusing on that age group will definitely make a great change in our communities.

You really inspire me more, just by having this conversation with you, I can see that there is more that can be done and with proper planning and implementation plan we can really change people's lives.

Keep up the good work. Your country with you is really in good hands,I would also appreciate to add you to my team.

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Hello Delma,

Your idea seems to reduce some challenge like rural to urban migration that is happening today in some of African countries, where most of these countries face similar challenges of of poor service delivery, poor governance, corruption influencing most youth to seeking better employment opportunities abroad coupled with illiteracy, poverty, ignorance and lack of basic education and school dropouts of mostly girls. I think, besides of lack of both financial and human capital and other resources, our organizations need to do a lot to empower a big number of young people through education and entrepreneurship, which I mostly encourage our learning institutions to start adopting.

Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
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Hi Olive,

Thank you for your contribution on my idea and your analysis on this idea is correct, to add, I aim to empower youth and children to be independent and sustain their livelihood by being self-reliant and contribute to their communities to ensure social issues such as generational poverty chains are broken down and mental health is well promoted, our youth lack motivation, they are really ignorant too, especially with developing themselves but are well motivated in pleasing their friends and abusing substances that we see, it is killing our nation gradually. Entertainment facilities such as pubs are always full but a few think about strengthening the educational, employment, skills development, and health and wellness facilities by providing support through creation of NPO's and skills and entrepreneurship and not depend on government as a source of development, we all have abilities to change our lives and our surroundings, people like us who can identify social issues solutions can really also work on changing other's mindsets and make the government too aware that as citizens we are also trying to make change.

I totally agree with you on our learning institutions to start adopting entrepreneurship because not everyone is academically gifted and that is another way for them to sustain their livelihood and be social and economically developed.

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Great. Great. You have explained it well and so clear for anyone who would call back to you and request for more information on the same.

I wish you success and I hope your idea will pass this stage. Because, as I visit all ideas or projects here, either in the field of empowering and supporting refugees, disabled people, empowering women or youths...each has an element of skilling, which is good because even if you graduated with Bachelors or Masters through academic, you have to have a practical thinking, meaning those devalue entrepreneurship and technical know how are lying. My organisation has its slogan "Empowering Sustainable Skills" a programme that is inclusive, that a non graduate or graduate should be empowered to match with the need for employable skills.

Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
Team

Thank you Olive, and I also hope your idea pass this stage. From the xenophobic attacks that recently took place in South Africa, as my idea also include skills development and give people on the move dignity through social inclusion, I got negative and positive response which one of them was we may be fighting with foreigners but they are also making a living out of their skills and we as South Africans are sitting waiting for opportunities to come to us, which is wrong and it was added by we can learn from them and put our pride aside by asking them to teach us their skills in order to sustain our lives through entrepreneurship and skills development.

I like your slogan because it accommodates everyone and graduate nongraduate can learn from one another to have a better living.

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good work!
We are in Cape Town...

Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
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Our Workshop, Thank you I just went through your work and I am very impressed and joyful to see what you guys are doing for your community. I hope in future, we can partner to work together to develop our country and give all individuals the dignity they need, to feel acceptable in their communities, through our initiatives. Skills development and entrepreneurship is part of education and we need to promote it, so that the youth can understand that they can sustain livelihood through it too.

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Absolutely! Since I started working daily in Langa, I was very undereducated about the barriers to entry into the more formal economy for most black youth. Perhaps in future we could find a way to work together ...?

Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
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Yes definitely, kindly send me an email on motjomashilwane@gmail.com and please leave your email so that I can contact you too.

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Hi Delma

ourworkshopct@gmail.com

Many thanks,
Heath Nash

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Hi Delma, I spent some time in South Africa working with youth and schools, including in Limpopo province. That was back in 2008 and I revisited in 2010 to volunteer at the streetfootball festival in Alexandra township. Given the context of widening inequality, growing unemployment and persistent racial inequalities it would be critical to address social cohesion. Though I am aware it is something which is hard to agree on one definition, its key dimensions, how to operationalize and measure it. I would be interested in research on Social Cohesion and its trends in South Africa if you are aware of such kindly share.

Photo of Delma  Mashilwane
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Hello Jasmin
You should visit again, I can find out for you and share those trends with you no problem.