Minister Bathabile Dlamini launches the 5th national youth camp, 6 to 12 Dec

The Department of Social Development, in partnership with the Department of Defence and Military Veterans, will host the fifth national Youth Camp at the 3 South African Infantry Battalion, next to Kimberly in the Northern Cape Province.

The Youth Camp will officially be opened on December 6 by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini.

Under the theme #40YearsOn – Youth still moving South Africa forward – the annual camp will bring together 1000 young people across race, ethnicity, gender, class and language from all nine provinces with the aim of promoting national identity, nation building, social cohesion, patriotism and active citizenry among young people of South Africa.

The South African government recognises the challenges associated with adolescents and youth and is committed to continue prioritising investments aimed at equipping and developing young people.

As such, during the Youth Camp young people will participate in discussions around the many challenges they face, including living without parents (child-headed households), access to education and skills training, unemployment, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual abuse, youth pregnancy, social and cultural integration, and HIV/Aids, to name a few.

The discussions are held with the view to shape young people into empowered community leaders who will go back to their respective communities and implement development plans to improve their communities and their own lives.

Since the first National Youth Camp in 2012, youth participants have undertaken a number of projects in their communities aimed at bringing about development. The Youth Camp therefore also provides an opportunity for the young people who are now leaders in their own right in their communities to share their experiences with other youth.

Source: Government of South Africa.

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