Phakama! Youth 

Phakama! Youth Activation

This programme empowers youth to become active citizens in their community. The youth are equipped with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful employment and/or access to further education or training. 

The challenge


The high youth unemployment rate in Langa is a serious cause for concern. A large proportion of the unemployed members of Langa are not actively seeking work.


The lack of opportunities available to the youth leads to discouragement and ultimately disengagement from society.


Most of the youth exiting school are not sufficiently prepared for further studies or employment.


Social Ills

There are high levels of alcohol and drug abuse, as well as violence against women and children.



Our Approach

Project based learning

Technical or soft skills taught in isolation result in little impact. Our programmes ensure the youth are actively engaged throughout the learning process.

Therefore, the programme uses the sewing training, computer training, and professional and personal development sessions to give the learners opportunities to become independent, lifelong learners.

Modern learning framework

Our methodology embraces a modern learning framework aimed at creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. These are fully transferable and therefore allow the youth to adapt to new working environments with ease.

Reflective learning

We encourage the youth to be reflective learners. This means being aware of themselves and the world around them, including possible misconceptions and biases.

In addition, we actively teach the youth about metacognition, the art of being aware of one’s own problem solving processes. This equips the youth to continuously develop their thinking and reasoning, even after the programme.

Programme Activities

Personal development

Youth are provided with the necessary soft skills to succeed in employment or further education.

These include perseverance and grit, communication, time management, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity.

Computer training

We offer computer training to the community to better prepare them for further education or employment.

Professional development

Youth are provided with the necessary skills to succeed professionally, including interview skills, job-readiness, CVs and workplace etiquette.

Sewing training

The youth are provided with tangible sewing skills allowing them to obtain employment or start their own businesses. 

The training is used as an opportunity to teach the youth how to put into practice the soft skills that they learn and how to become life long learners.


Expected Outcomes

  • Increased computer literacy 

  • Increased access to job searching 

  • Increased job readiness 

  • Increased number of matric re-writes 

Ultimate Impact

  • Increased average education level for youth

  • Reduced unemployment 

  • Larger pool of employable youth

  • Increased average level of household income


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