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07/11/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/11/2020 04:01

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane launches National Youth Resilience Initiative during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, 13 Jul

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to launch the National Youth Resilience Initiative under the theme: strengthening youth resilience to build a capable South Africa: COVID-19 and beyond

The Department of Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD), in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), supported by the German Development Cooperation recognise the serious and adverse socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people and the urgent need for interventions to support them in coping with these effects.

The partners are collaborating to support and promote the psychosocial well-being and resilience of youth in South Africa through what is proposed as a National Youth Resilience Initiative (NYRI).

The objectives of the National Youth Resilience Initiative are to highlight the issue of the psychosocial well-being and resilience of young people during and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and to facilitate access to quality, evidence-based psychosocial support programmes and services (including, for example, life skills programmes, counselling, leadership development programmes, active citizenship and volunteering programmes).The Initiative is intended to be a multi-stakeholder collaboration, supported by government, civil society and youth from diverse backgrounds who will share their stories of resilience.

The first activity of the NYRI is an interactive online National Dialogue on Youth which will unpack the meaning of youth resilience in South Africa and the factors that shape young people's resilience. The platform will catalyse various post-dialogue youth resilience campaign activities.

Youth resilience is not an issue that is unique to the Covid-19 pandemic. The dialogue places the concept of youth resilience in the context of the pandemic but the contextual framework and lens of the concept of youth resilience will expand in the activities that will take place after the dialogue.

The dialogue takes places as follows:

Date: 13 July 2020
Time: 10h00-12h00
Virtual Conference: Zoom
Online Stream/Interaction: NYDA Facebook Live; DWYPD Facebook live, Agape Youth Movement Facebook live

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Mr Shalen Gajadhar
Director: Communications, Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities

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