A delegation from South Africa’s National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is visiting Brussels from 26 – 30 June as part of the ongoing partnership with the Government of Flanders, Ministry of Education, Jeugd and Gelijke Kanses en Brussel. The visit is timely as it takes place during the youth month in South Africa, dedicated to young people in the spirit of June 1976.
The three-year partnership project was launched through a formal agreement at the Joint Commission held in November 2000 under the theme `Promoting and Up-scaling Youth Volunteering in Civil Society Organisations `and The Cooperation on Youth.
Co-operation between the Government of South Africa and the Government of Flanders has a rich history since its inception in 1996. The partnership seeks to cultivate an enabling environment for youth volunteering to flourish in civil society. The aim of the project is to assist in developing the culture of volunteering in South Africa and Belgium by offering young people an array of quality volunteering opportunities.
The NYDA and the Youth Division of the Flemish Government are committed to move ahead with the partnership, focusing on stimulating volunteerism amongst youth and young adults, fostering social cohesion and building citizenship through community service. NYDA has started preparing the new partnership in cooperation with Volunteer Service Overseas and other civil society organisations like the Volunteer Centre, Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA) and South African Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC).
Issued by the SA Embassy in Belgium