Intake for the year-long course closes on November 21.
The overall programme seeks to empower young people with a strong set of leadership skills. Youth are educated about non-racialism, nation building and self-development.
According to the AKF director, Neeshan Balton, the programme is designed to “develop young activists”.
Participants can look forward to gaining more “confidence to uplift not only themselves, but their own community,” Balton said.
“Young people will have to attend regular sessions hosted by the Foundation. This includes visits to historical sites, debating sessions and meetings. It also requires participants to have a good understanding of current issues, as well as dedication to the programme, which can be intense,” explained Busisiwe Nkosi, Youth Programmes Coordinator at the Foundation.
Nkosi provided examples of some of the activities participants had previously engaged in. “We have visited sites such as the Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill, hosted sessions with struggle stalwarts and young leaders from abroad, engaged with other youth organisations and mobilised around current campaigns and issues.”
“The programme has grown from strength to strength since it was first launched, with cadets who have grown to become ambassadors of non-racialism,” added Nkosi.
Pretoria resident Tumelo Motaung, who participated in the course, had this to say about it, “I grew from a young person who has always wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, to one who does just that. I learned how to debate and engage, I learned about my country and my leaders, and as a result I grew as a person.”
The application process is simple. An applicant is expected to fill in a form and submit it to the AKF. Applications will be reviewed and young people can thereafter expect an interview with the Foundation. Successful applicants will be accepted into the programme.
Both the application process and joining the programme is free of charge. Forms can be obtained at the Foundation’s Offices at 19 Guinea Fowl Street, Signet Terrace Office Park, Lenasia. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, call the AKF Youth Coordinating Assistant, Vuyelwa Mantje, on 011 854 0082.
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